Prior to dental implants, the best dental restoration option for patients with missing teeth was a fixed bridge or removable denture. However, fixed bridges and removable dentures are no longer considered to be the best long-term solution for restoring function or aesthetics to the mouth. These temporary options often bring with them several other problems. We are proud to say that dental implants, which are the most preferred dental restoration option, are one of our practice’s specialties. Dental implants are medical-grade titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw bone, acting as a replacement root for your missing tooth. Some patients who want dental implants to support a prosthesis need zygoma implants.
Zygoma implants are recommended for patients who do not have enough bone volume for a traditional dental implant. To perform a zygoma implant, Dr. Pitrowski or Dr. Goldberg will attach the dental implant to a portion of the zygomatic bone (which is also known as the cheekbone). The insertion into the cheekbone ensures the dental implants are well supported and allows for a stable, long-term restoration.
There are so many advancements in technology and medical devices that we are happy to provide patients with a better, long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are the best option to restore your oral health, oral function, and facial aesthetics, thus providing patients with a tooth that looks so natural that it is difficult to identify the prosthetic tooth from other natural teeth.
The titanium metal used in dental implants naturally fuses with the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration. This process ensures the tooth attached to the implant is completely secured in the jaw bone, which means patients do not have to worry about any of the slipping or clicking noises that often happen with bridges or temporary dentures. On top of all the benefits dental implants offer, they also never decay, do not alter any neighboring teeth, and they prevent jaw bone degradation.
Patients with dental implants face the world with a new self-assurance and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile. If you are considering dental implants as a restoration option, you can rest assured knowing that dental implants have been utilized in oral surgery for over 30 years, making this procedure very predictable and successful. Many recipients of those early dental implants are quite satisfied and glad they chose implants years ago. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. To learn more about dental implants and zygoma implants, please contact our office to set up an appointment.