Cheekbone Dental Implants

Do you suffer from bone loss in your upper jaw? Zygomatic implants are an excellent solution for patients who lack sufficient bone in their upper jaw for other dental implant treatments.

Zygomatic Implant Treatment Options and Technique

If you have an insufficient bone in your upper jaw, your dentist may have told you you cannot have full arch dental implants. The procedure offers an alternative to bone grafting has been popular for almost two decades, and has resulted in many successful procedures.

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What are zygomatic dental implants?

The zygomatic bone is also known as the zygomatic arch and refers to the cheekbone.

Zygomatic implants are tried and tested rehabilitation solutions to treat the edentulous atrophic maxilla.

The procedure is quick and effective and can be done in just one day. Bone grafting is not required for this treatment.

Instead, we place 6 implants in the jaw bone, 2 extending into the maxilla sinus, securely anchoring the dense zygomatic bone, meaning movement will not occur.

How do they work?

Zygomatic implants work by fixing a replacement bridge using four dental implants.

However, the two rear implants are extra-long – this means they can reach the additional bone, giving your teeth better stability.

  • The front two dental implants have inserted an angle that allows the bridge to be supported by the bone at the front of the jaw. The bone at the front is denser and stronger and reduces the risk of nerve damage.
  • The two rear dental implants are slightly longer and are surgically anchored to the ‘zygomatic’ arch or the cheekbone. The crowns and dentures are attached to this arch.
  • The dental bridge is designed and manufactured to resemble and function the same as natural healthy teeth and gums.

The main aim of zygomatic implants is to allow you to have attractive, healthy, and effectively functioning teeth again.


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Who are zygomatic implants suitable for?

This treatment is designed for those who have an insufficient bone in their upper jaw for other dental implant treatments.

Bone loss is a natural part of ageing, so this treatment is popular amongst more elderly patients.

However, anyone can be impacted by bone loss for a number of reasons.

This includes:

  • Bone degeneration after a tooth falls out and is not replaced
  • Caused by periodontitis
  • Result of misaligned teeth
  • Infection that damages the bone

If you have been told that you have insufficient bone density for All-on-Four or standard single implants, then we may be able to restore your natural smile and fully functioning teeth in a single day using zygomatic dental implants.

As with all of the treatments we offer at The Gentle Dental, we encourage you to take advantage of the free consultations we offer to new patients.

During this consultation, our team will carry out a full mouth assessment to determine whether you have enough bone to support full arch dental implants.

If you do not, we may offer the zygomatic implant treatment as an alternative solution for you.

Our talented and experienced dental surgeons, like Dr Ali Rifai, will fully explain the procedure to you and answer any of your questions before we begin.

You can advise us on any dental phobias or anxieties so we will ensure the treatment will be as comfortable as possible for you.


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Implant prices

Implant cost FAQ

For the treatment to be successful, we must ensure it is carried out by a skilled oral surgeon fully trained in zygomatic implants using high-quality products. For these reasons, it can sometimes be a more expensive option. However, at The Gentle Dental, we have a range of different payment plans to suit all of our patient’s financial needs.

Implant dentistry is not redeemable via the NHS, they are more likely to prescribe cheaper alternatives like dentures.

Whilst you will have to check with your particular provider, insurance typically does not cover the cost of dental implants.

However, as dental implants are now more recognised for their durability, insurers are beginning to recognise their quality. More.

Patients have the option to pay for their treatment interest-free for a period of 24 months.

Speak to one of our dental professionals about this permanent and natural-looking solution to missing teeth on 020 8224 7562.

Get an interest-free loan in under 5 minutes

It only takes 2 minutes to apply and you’ll get an answer immediately – applying for a loan has never been easier. 0% finance is available for many treatments up to £30,000. Credit decisions will be subject to individual circumstances. You must be over 18 and earn an income to apply.

Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
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08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!

Why choose zygomatic treatment?

  • A new set of teeth can be fixed despite a lack of bone
  • No need for bone grafting
  • Can last a lifetime if cared for correctly
  • You can eat your favourite foods again
  • Allows you to smile with confidence

Are there any risks?

A recent study into the surgical complications of zygomatic implants concluded that this dental implant option is a reliable, predictable and effective treatment method.

However, like all treatment methods, this does not mean it is not entirely without risks. The study showed that the most frequent complications are sinusitis and lack of osseointegration.

However, these risks can be controlled through exceptional clinical standards and careful practice. At The Gentle Dental, we can safely say that we are committed to providing both.


Alternative types of implants

Single Implants

Often used in simple cases where one tooth has been lost by accident or trauma. 

Multiple Implants

Used in cases of multiple tooth loss in different locations in the mouth, where teeth are not missing in a row.


Perfect for full mouth reconstructions, where patients have experienced tooth loss on the upper and lower jaws.

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