Whether missing one or several teeth, more
and more people are replacing them with dental implants. Dental
implants are a permanent solution to replace
missing teeth. They look and feel as natural as your own teeth, but do not
discolour or decay. Dr. Kochman has trained
in dental implantology.
When a tooth is lost, structure changes and
bone loss occurs in the place where the tooth was lost, as well
as to the surrounding teeth. Replacing
a lost tooth
is key to ensuring the gums, bone and surrounding teeth remain strong and
healthy. Implants are a highly-effective solution. They last
longer and are less damaging
to surrounding teeth than bridges, and they completely eliminate the discomfort
and many, many restrictions of dentures.
An implant is an "artificial
root". The implant is made of titanium
– the same material that is used on orthopedic surgery – and stimulates
the bone to attach to this "artificial root". The implant is surgically
placed into your jawbone. After healing has taken place, a post is placed
into the implants, and a porcelain crown is cemented on the post, to match
In order to replace missing teeth with an implant,
there must be a sufficient level of bone in someone’s jaw
to support the implant. If teeth have been missing for several
years, some of the bone may "shrink
away" and there
may not be enough bone height to support an implant. Dr. Kochman is experienced
in many surgical procedures to replace missing bone in people’s mouths.
One of these procedures is a bone graft called a "sinus elevation
or a "sinus lift". He uses surgical procedures
to "add" bone
in areas where it has been lost. When healing has taken place, an implant
can be surgically placed to replace missing teeth.
The Kochman Centre has
a method of giving patients functioning teeth the day of
implant placement – even for denture wearers. Patients
that have missing teeth leave the Kochman Centre with new, temporary
teeth that are fully-functional and that can be worn until permanent
Length of time for implant procedures varies,
anywhere from 9 to 18 months,
depending on the severity of the case and the number of implants required.
The cost of
implants vary significantly, depending on the materials used, the severity
of the case, and the number of implants required. With proper care and
maintenance implants can last a lifetime.
Dr. Kochman will work
you to provide a step-by-step plan to replace your missing teeth or reconstruct
your entire mouth, depending on your individual needs.
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