At Vestal Dental Associates, patients struggling with the physical and emotional impact of a missing or damaged tooth can have their tooth replaced in just a single day thanks to our in-house CEREC technology. Vestal Dental is one of the few Binghamton area dental offices to have invested in this state of the art technology. While other practices need to have your new tooth created in an off-site lab, extending the length of your procedure, our technology creates a strong, new tooth that is perfectly shaped and color matched to give you your beautiful smile back.
Our teeth serve us in many important roles beyond the obvious roles of eating and speaking. The roots of our teeth travel deep into our jaws and skulls to stimulate the bone. Without these roots, there will be no stimulation in the bone which causes the bone to weaken over time. Multiple missing teeth can escalate this situation resulting in facial deformities, malocclusion, gum disease and tooth decay. Removable dentures can help to an extent with some of these issues, but the more permanent and healthier solution is a dental implant.
A dental implant is basically a titanium metal post that your dentist will place using oral surgery into the bone of your jaw and acts as the new root for your new tooth. The post helps in stimulating what is called osseointegration which is the natural growth of bone around the post. The “saddle” at the top of the posts gives your new tooth the strength and stability it needs for the dental crown to be mounted. The result is a custom made tooth that is as functional as it is natural looking.
In most cases, a patient will come into our office with only one tooth that needs replacing. However, there are cases in which a patient may need to replace several teeth that resulted from an accident. In those cases a dental implant can be placed in the jaw which will act as one or both ends of a dental bridge, replacing several teeth in a row. Dental implants can also be used with partial dentures as well as full dentures. In this type of scenario, several implants are placed along the patients dental arch and used to anchor the denture, replacing all the teeth in the dental arch.
The titanium rod in your dental implant will last your lifetime and with proper aftercare, your crown can last 20 years or longer before needing to be replaced. Thanks to new technology and the hands of our experienced dentists, you’ll once again be able to smile with confidence and enjoy all your favorite foods like nothing ever happened. IF you live in the Greater Binghamton region, call our office today or fill out the form on this page to begin your road to a happy, healthy smile.