Why More Isn’t Always Better With Zygomatic Implants

Posted - December 16, 2021
Zygomatic Implants

Why More Isn’t Always Better With Zygomatic Implants

As dental implant specialists, it’s always our goal to ensure that every patient walks away with a brand new smile that lasts a lifetime. However, not all patients have the bone density required for successful, standard dental implants.

In cases where we’ve discovered a weakness in a patient’s jawbone, we have the option to resort to a zygomatic implant. However, the professional question persists of how many implants are necessary for this procedure.

Our personal belief is that more isn’t always better; but, let’s take a closer look at the procedure, why it’s necessary, and why we have a personal stance on the number of zygomatic implants our dental implant specialists typically place.

What is a Zygomatic Implant?

If a patient suffers from severe bone loss, the chances are high that we’ll be unable to successfully place a standard dental implant that attaches to a jawbone.

Zygomatic implants are put in place to help make a patient’s dental implants a permanent solution to a tainted smile.

During the process of zygomatic implant placement, the implants themselves are longer than the average implant and are placed in a patient’s zygomatic (cheekbone) bone. Usually, two zygomatic implants are placed with a combination of standard dental implants throughout the remainder of the jaw.

The Great Implant Debate

A weak jawbone is one of the most common reasons behind implant failure, and no dental implant specialist wants to see valued patients dissatisfied with their procedural results.

Therefore, prosthodontists industry-wide debate on the number of zygomatic implants to supplement with remaining dental implants.

Some, like us, focus on 2 zygomatic (quad) implants, while others try to squeeze in 3 (sextuplet) implants in the zygomatic bone.

Why Would Your Prosthodontist Attempt a Sextuplet Zygomatic Implant?

The answer is simple: the longevity of dental implants. We all want the best for our patients, and some specialists try to add a little extra strength to the placement process.

The real question in the debate lies in the necessity of extra implants placed in the zygomatic bone. Every specialist has their preference. So, let’s dig into why ours has always been successful for our patients.

Why Does FastNewSmile Choose Quad Implants Over Sextuplets?

While it’s undoubtedly possible to fit 3 implants in the frontal area of the zygomatic bone, our team at FastNewSmile never performs this practice on our patients.

We are pioneers of the industry and have always trusted the success of quad zygomatic implants. Understandably, prosthodontists may want to over-engineer a patient’s procedure with a sextuplet implant to ensure a permanent implant fixture.

However, extensive research into the zygomatic bone proves that this specific section of bone is exquisitely dense and serves as a perfect canvas for a successful and minimalist zygomatic dental implant surgery.

Although over-engineering may make some doctors feel better about their work, the truth is that this extra work, financial effort on the part of the patient, and the added length of recovery time, don’t make 6 implants a more significant improvement over 4.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today, With FastNewSmile Dental Implant Center

At FastNewSmile, we believe that quality patient care always comes first. Whether you require zygomatic implantsor are eligible for our same-day All-on-4 dental implants, we plan on giving you the attention and expertise you deserve for a fantastic smile.

Contact us to learn more about our services and schedule your free consultation today! We’d love to meet you and hear your story.