Multidisciplinary Implantology Clinic
The Multidisciplinary Implant Program involves collaboration of several departments from the School of Dental Medicine. Its purpose is threefold, including patient care, teaching, and research.
Oral function slowly and surely disappears, with continuous resorption of bone as teeth are lost. Tooth loss leads to loss of bone and soft tissue, as well as the loss of function. With time, treating this condition by traditional means becomes much more difficult. Healthy adjacent teeth must often be ground down, and traditional prostheses must be placed that require continuous alteration. Placement of implants can activate stimulation of the bone, maintaining both bone and soft tissue, allowing for a more natural look and feel to the replacement tooth.
Patients with missing and damaged teeth may be candidates for dental care, including implants. If one is missing natural teeth, one may find that there are other options available to return the natural smile, and to improve the ability to eat foods that you find desirable. With dental implants, the prosthetic solution is desirable, and feel and function like the real thing.
The School of Dental Medicine is actively involved in research, which includes dental implants. Implant treatment is not for all patients, but systems are extremely flexible, and can allow placement of implants, and restoration of the implant, in most cases.
To make an appointment for a consultation, please call the School of Dental Medicine Multidisciplinary Implant Center at 412-648-8402 and ask for Christine Zielmanski.
Dr. Mark W. Ochs
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261