In certain situations where there is not much bone remaining in the upper jaw, implants can be placed in the cheekbone, or zygomatic bone to help support a dental bridge. This option avoids the need to undergo extensive bone grafting, decreasing both cost and time of treatment. Furthermore, treatment is performed typically in 1 surgery and the patient is able to go home with teeth same day.
In order to replace all your teeth, typically 2 zygomatic implants are needed (one on each side) with 2 more implants in the front, for a total of 4 implants. A temporary, all-acrylic dental bridge is created from your existing denture and this acts as a temporary while you heal from the surgery. After 4-6 months, a permanent hybrid prosthesis supported on a metal bar is created by your restorative dentist.