Rehabilitation of atrophic posterior maxilla with zygomatic implants: review

J Oral Implantol. 2012 Oct;38(5):653-7. doi: 10.1563/AAID-JOI-D-10-00126. Epub 2011 Feb 18.


The objective of this study was to review the published literature to evaluate treatment success with zygomatic implants in patients with atrophic posterior maxilla. Studies from 1987 to 2010 were reviewed. In each study, the following were assessed: indications for treatment, number of patients, number of implants, length and diameter of the implants, surgical technique, prosthetic rehabilitation, success rate, complications, and patient satisfaction. Sixteen studies were included, with a total of 941 zygomatic implants placed in 486 patients. The follow-up periods ranged from 12 to 120 months. Three different surgical techniques were used to place zygomatic implants: intrasinus implants with the classic sinus window technique, the sinus slot technique, and extrasinus zygomatic implants. The most common restoration used was fixed prosthesis, with either delayed loading after 3-6 months (89%-100% success) or immediate loading (96.37%-100% success). The weighted average success rate was 97.05%, and the most frequent complication was maxillary sinusitis. The general level of patient satisfaction was high. Zygomatic implants have a high success rate and constitute a suitable alternative to treat severe posterior maxillary atrophy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alveolar Bone Loss / pathology
  • Alveolar Bone Loss / rehabilitation
  • Alveolar Bone Loss / surgery*
  • Dental Implantation, Endosseous / instrumentation
  • Dental Implantation, Endosseous / methods*
  • Dental Prosthesis, Implant-Supported / classification
  • Humans
  • Maxilla / pathology
  • Maxilla / surgery*
  • Oral Surgical Procedures, Preprosthetic / instrumentation
  • Oral Surgical Procedures, Preprosthetic / methods*
  • Zygoma / surgery*