Whether you’re experiencing the loss of one, several, or all of your teeth, or simply researching for a loved one, you can imagine the challenges that arise that most people take for granted. Favorite foods that were once an essential part of your nutrition are no longer a part of your diet. That delicious meal you always used to order at your favorite Binghamton area restaurant is now off the menu for you. Not to mention the feeling of embarrassment that comes along with simple everyday actions such as talking, eating or smiling around other people.
As if all that wasn’t enough, the loss of one or more teeth has a very dramatic impact on your oral health, such as shifting teeth, jawbone deterioration, and increased risk of gum disease and other serious issues. Thankfully, you can have experienced Binghamton area dentists on your side who can offer a permanent solution to your missing teeth. Teeth that look and feel like they were always there, perfectly matching the rest of your smile and giving you your confidence back.
When you choose Vestal Dental Associates as your dental implant specialist, right away you’ll feel like you’re part of our family. This is why it is important to our dentists that as part of our family, you have a healthy, happy smile that allows you to go through life with the confidence you deserve. We’ve invested in state of the art dental implant technology and continued education to keep our practice on the cutting edge in best practices and techniques to make your dental implant procedure comfortable and give you results you’ll love.
Dr. Nolan Robinson and the rest of the team at Vestal Dental are heavily invested in the technology and continued high level education in the area of dental implants. 3D X-ray imaging gives you a true to life visual representation of what your dental implant procedure will look like, step by step. It helps our team identify any issues that could arise before your procedure and plan accordingly, so you have an easy day at our office and come out with a glowing smile.
Another reason why our patients choose us is our flexible financing options. We’re one of the few Binghamton dental implant practices to offer CareCredit to our patients, allowing you to pay for your procedure over time with terms that work for you. This means that you don’t need to compromise and go to another Binghamton area dentist that doesn’t have the expertise and experience in dental implant procedures.
The simple truth is that you probably know many people with dental implants, you simply have no idea that they actually have them. Anyone with a missing tooth, with dentures that do not feel comfortable in their mouth, with partial dentures that are removable and even with other teeth that are not quite intact might choose to receive dental implants. If you are in any way dissatisfied with your smile for any of the above reasons, Vestal Dental Associates can help you take back your healthy, radiant smile and give you the confidence you deserve.
At Vestal Dental Associates, we’ve gone beyond any Binghamton area dental implant dental practice by continuing to invest in the best dental implant planning and placement technology.
This advanced machine produces a CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography System) or in other words, a highly detailed 3D scan of your mouth. This allows our dentists to evaluate your dental structure and determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant. A CBCT scan utilizes a fraction of the radiation of a normal x-ray and only takes a few seconds, making it safer for our patients and time saving. During your dental implant consultation, you get to see a full, 3D view of your dental anatomy that helps you understand your oral health.
The CEREC Digital Scanner provides a fast and accurate dental impression without the discomfort and mess of a traditional impression. This scan works quickly and effectively to scan deep into the structures of your mouth and provides precise modeling in just minutes.
For many years, dentists only had two-dimensional x-ray technology to determine placing dental implants such as a traditional X-ray or OPG X-ray. The Galileos Galaxis cone beam software utilizes the 3D imagery produced by the Sirona Orthophalos Cone Beam and allows implants to be placed with incredible precision. This technology allows our dentists to view all anatomical structures in clear, 3D form. These structures include nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissues, making the procedure accurate and extremely safe.
Not only does Galileos show the position of the implant, but also how it will exit the tooth. This provides the ability to design the crown in our CEREC system and transfer the structure of the crown back into the software. Both the implant and the crown can be viewed within the software, giving our dentists a complete, full view of the finished, positioned implant before beginning the procedure.
Probably the biggest question our patients have is what is involved with getting dental implants. It’s a fair question. This is an oral surgery that you should ask questions about and feel comfortable with, which is why we want our patients to know we are here to answer any questions at any time.
The first thing our dentists do is set up a personalized consultation where we answer all your questions and take the time to make sure you’re comfortable with the procedure. We’ll ask questions and find out what your goals are with your dental implants and help you understand how life changing your new dental implants will be along with what procedure day will look like.
We’ve invested in Sirona Orthophos SL 3D Imaging System that allows us to create a 3D image of your jaw to give us a deep understanding of how your implant will be approached and placed. This technology also exposes you to a fraction of the radiation of conventional cone beams and allows our dentists to see much more detail than you would with a standard x-ray.
Our patients get peace-of-mind with our computer guided implant surgery technology, allowing our dentists to conduct a virtual surgery without ever touching your mouth. This allows for precise measurements to be taken which makes for a smooth procedure with no hidden surprises.
At Vestal Dental Associates, we take great care to match your new teeth to your old ones to make them as natural looking as possible. Our goal is to give you a natural smile with beautiful teeth that look as if they belong in your mouth and not like they’ve been placed there.
The biggest advantage of a dental implant is you get the benefit of having full chewing power. Because your dental implant is set directly into the bone of your jawbone, most patients can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and their dental implant. You enjoy being able to eat completely normal, along with enjoying other dental health care essentials such as brushing and flossing.
When a jawbone lacks teeth, the empty space deteriorates due to the lack of stimulation. You can expect a 25% loss of volume in that area of the jawbone in the first year of losing a tooth, with even more loss in following years.
Some believe that dentures can help prevent this loss from occurring, however, in many cases they accelerate bone loss as they become loose and rub against the boney ridge of the jaw. Since a dental implant replaces both the root and the tooth itself, it gives the jawbone the stimulation it needs to encourage natural bone growth.
A dental implant can last a lifetime, unlike a dental bridge that will often last 10 years or so. Because an implant is made from titanium, and integrates directly with the jawbone, it is what is called “bio-compatible” meaning your body won’t naturally reject the implant.
When you suffer from the loss of one or more teeth, the gap that is created will very often cause surrounding teeth to grow crooked, pulling into the gap. This can affect your appearance, your bite, and your ability to chew. It can also lead to interference which makes replacement much more difficult down the road. Replacing your missing teeth with a dental implant pushes teeth back to their normal position, providing you a strong and healthy smile.
One very unwanted effect of tooth loss is what is called “facial sagging”. This occurs when the bottom lower third of the face begins to appear to collapse, closing the distance between your chin and the tip of your nose. This change will also cause more wrinkling around the mouth, a more pointed chin, and thinning lips. The overall effect is looking older than you actually are, something no one desires.
The gap caused by missing teeth acts as a place for food and bacteria to gather, two factors that are key in developing gum disease. Dental implants eliminate this area for bacteria to grow.
When it comes to dental implants, every case is unique. With this in mind, it is very difficult for a dentist to estimate a cost for one or more dental implants without an in-depth consultation. This is why we encourage all our patients that are interested in an implant dentistry procedure to schedule an appointment with our doctors so we can assess each case individually and give you an understanding of costs associated with the procedure and provide you with an exact cost. Some key factors that can impact cost are how many implants are needed, your overall dental health, and the integrity of surrounding teeth, to name a few.
The process of obtaining dental implants is a long one, so there is no time to wait before we get started fitting you with the smile of your dreams. To increase your confidence level and feel like the most amazing version of you, allow us to go ahead and schedule a consultation with one of our dental implant professionals. Call us at (607) 785-3339 to schedule your consultation appointment.