What’s a zygomatic dental implant? Alternatives to traditional implants by High Dental Implants

When it comes to restoring both the function and aesthetics to a mouth that has missing teeth, it goes without saying that oral implants are considered the gold standard.dental-implant-in-melbourne

Unlike dentures, they do not rub against the jaw and are therefore not linked to sore spots or recurrent ulcers. They differ from fitted bridges, as they do not put additional pressure onto surrounding natural teeth.

The traditional oral implant that is used in cosmetic dental care is known as the endosteal implant; physically resembling a titanium screw, it is attached to your jaw via surgery and is required to fuse with the bone before the prosthetic tooth or teeth are attached to it.

To be suitable for an endosteal implant, you have to have a healthy jaw bone which is not too thin and must have good oral health overall.

And at High Dental Implants, our team will assess your suitability for oral implants at an initial consultation. Using this time to discuss your aesthetic goals, our team will discuss the advantages of having a dental implant in Melbourne fitted and will answer any questions you may have about the procedure, aftercare and maintenance of oral implants.

But if you aren’t suited for a traditional dental implant in Melbourne, what happens then? Here, we discuss the other types of oral implants that we can use to restore your smile. Enjoy!


If your jaw is too thin for the traditional dental implant in Melbourne, our team may suggest having a subperiosteal implant fitted.

Technically, this option is a bit more than a single implant! It is actually a metal framework which is placed on top of your jaw and below your gums, which provides 2 posts for the prosthetic teeth to be attached to.

As this requires no fusing to the bone, the healing time between this being fitted and the prosthetic teeth being placed is shorter, meaning you can get your new smile even sooner!

Zygomatic implants

A zygomatic implant will only be used if you are having teeth replaced in your upper jaw.

Zygomatic implants are about 3 times longer than traditional endosteal implants and are fitted to the zygoma or cheekbone. This is useful if your jawbone is too thin.

The process of having zygomatic implants attached to prosthetics is slightly longer than other options.

Mini or micro implants

As suggested, micro-implants are smaller than endosteal and as such, they require less jawbone to fuse with!

You can have your prosthetic teeth affixed to your mini implant on the same day that they are fitted! Be aware that unlike zygomatic or subperiosteal options, micro-implants cannot support multiple prosthetic teeth like partial dentures or bridges. Therefore, our team will only use them when a single tooth needs replacing.

If you aren’t suited to any oral implant alternatives, don’t worry! Our team at High Dental Implants can provide you with high-quality alternatives, such as dentures, partial dentures or fitted bridges too; at High Dental Implants, we do it all!


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.