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  • New Patient Special You Are Going to Like   (page 2)
  • Can Dentistry Really Be Friendly and Gentle?   (page 3)
  • Seven Things You Should Know in Picking a Dentist   (page 2)
  • Why Do People Get in Trouble with Their Teeth – the Answer May Surprise You   (page 7)
  • Smile Transformations You Gotta See   (page 7)
  • Leading Edge Technology for Quicker and Better Results   (page 8)
  • A Breakthrough Solution for Migraine and Chronic Headache Sufferers That Works!   (page 9)
  • Precision Dental Implants - Faster, More Comfortable – The Better Solution to the Problems of Missing Teeth   (page 10)
  • Bigger, Brighter, Whiter Smiles - How to Get Your Beautiful Smile   (page 14)
  • The Journy to Your Smile Makeover – What are the Steps?   (page 15)
  • One Visit Crowns are Now a Reality - Speed and Convenience   (page 17)
  • How To Look Years Younger Even if You Wear Dentures, The End of the "Denture Look" with Facelift Dentures   (page 18)
  • All About Dr Martin - Author, Teacher and Clinician - and Why You Should Know   (page 20)
  • Patients Speak – Real People Tell Real Stories about Their Experiences   (page 22)

Dental Implants

Dr. Martin can replace your missing teeth with quality implants, designed to last a lifetime.

Dr. Charles Martin of Richmond Smile Center has spent 30 years gaining experience and training in advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry so that he can give you that beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted.

Dr. Martin is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, The American College of Implantology, and Misch Implant Institute. He has taught at both Georgetown University School of Dentistry and Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. He is a graduate of the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Education and L.D. Pankey Institute post doctoral programs. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the cosmetic dentistry program at Case Western University.

Dr. Martin holds a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry and is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and a honored Fellow of the International Academy of Dentofacial Esthetics.

All phases of Implant treatment under one roof

Dr. Martin is one of the few dentists in Virginia who perform both the surgical placement and reconstructive phases of implants (placing the teeth themselves). Thus, you do not have to see two or more doctors in two different places to get your implant dentistry done. He has been doing implants since 1983. His commitment to “doing it right” and the ability to “handle just about anything” has won him the admiration of patients and other doctors.

Dr. Martin is trained in a new and revolutionary approach to implant dentistry, one that often allows a patient to have dental implants and be restored with teeth in a single appointment the same day! What once required months can sometimes be done in an hour. This is amazing news for those who suffer with uncomfortable dentures and partials or missing teeth.

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Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation

Richmond Smile Center can help you have the smile you’ve always wanted! Your complimentary Dental Implant consultation includes:

Dr. Martin has been doing dental implants since 1983.

  • Full oral examination
  • Smile evaluation
  • Before & After images so you can see how beautiful your smile can be
  • Dentist will listen to your needs
  • Fully explain your options
  • Review possible procedures

Dr. Martin uses SimPlant software, a 3D virtual placement system, so he can show you what your implants will look like before you start.

Get your questions answered.

Call us for a complimentary Implant consultation and find out how Dr. Martin can give you a brighter, more beautiful smile.

For more information on Dental Implants, or for your Complimentary Implant Consultation, please call us at (804) 417-4835 to make an appointment, or click here to request an appointment online.

 


How to Choose an Implant Dentist

 

 


Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental Implants look and feel like natural teeth

A dental implant is a biocompatible, man-made substitute for missing tooth roots. It is usually made of a space-age alloy of titanium. Implants come in various shapes and sizes, chosen to best fit your mouth and jaw. Most are cylinders placed into bone and allowed to heal undisturbed while bone heals around them, locking them in like an anchor. After a few months, the implants are used as a foundation for replacing the missing teeth. Dental implants restore lost chewing ability, improve appearance, end embarrassment, and give real self-confidence to patients who need them. Implants replace one, many, or all of your teeth. They are a real breakthrough.

Dr. Martin is trained in general and dental surgery, and does the full implant procedure himself.  He will place the titanium post himself right here in our office, so you won’t need to go anywhere else. He has done thousands of dental implants since 1983, so he has the experience to place your implant for you.

The advantages of Implants versus other alternatives

Not only does a dental implant fill unsightly gaps in a smile, it is also important to deter the bone loss that will occur when a tooth is lost. The titanium post fuses with the bone, thus preventing it from dissolving.

Fixed bridges and removable dentures are not the perfect solution to missing teeth and often bring with them a number of other problems.

When teeth are lost, the bone which held the roots of the teeth starts to dissolve, and so removable dentures – which use this bone for support – may slip or cause sores on the gums because the dentures will not be as stable.

Fixed bridges often require the preparation of adjacent healthy teeth. Decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every seven to 15 years, compared to an up to 25-year life span for dental implants.

Dental implants also make a big difference in your overall physical health and appearance. As a result of losing one or more teeth, you inevitably lose mass in your jaw. This affects the overall skeletal structure of your face, which not only changes your profile, but also may result in thin lips, drooping muscles, jowls or witch’s chin. Spreading bone loss in the jaw affects the gums and ridges in your mouth, as well as the muscles and nerves in and around the mouth. These conditions, which are the inevitable consequence of tooth loss, are associated with a host of anatomic and clinical problems, ranging from increased tongue size, to looseness of remaining teeth, to loss of sensation, to severely painful conditions. These conditions may only be avoided through use of dental implants, because implants may halt and even reverse the bone loss that results from losing teeth.

Dr. Martin strongly recommends the use of dental implants wherever appropriate.  They are fixed and permanent, and don’t require replacements.  Even in cases where he places dentures, he recommends using implants to support them.  With thousands of implants cases done since 1983, Dr. Martin is an authority in this area.

 


Dr. Martin’s Dental Implant Procedure

Dr. Martin will restore your mouth with beautiful, well-fitting implants.

  • If there is a damaged tooth, it must be painlessly removed.
  • The actual “implant,” a small grooved or threaded titanium post, is planted into your actual jawbone. Another kind, one with a special base, can be attached on top of the jawbone, underneath your gum line. The thickness and type of bone at the implant’s location determine which style post should be used Local anesthesia makes this a comfortable process.
  • Your body immediately begins to “bond” either kind of titanium post into place with bone or tissue. This is a very thorough process and may take from three to six months before the next step can begin. Your body does not reject these new materials but ties them in with great strength as if they were a natural part of your own body. You may elect to wear a temporary denture during this binding process, if you choose.
  • Once the titanium implant is tightly in place, a wider post is now attached to the titanium implant and your new tooth is attached to this second post with one of the world’s most secure and space age adhesives. Bonding is virtually forever!
  • You have a new tooth. You are the only one who knows it’s man-made – and implants are so comfortable you’ll soon forget which one it is.

For more information on Dental Implants, or for your Complimentary Implant Consultation, please call us at (804) 417-4835 to make an appointment, or click here to request an appointment online

 


Are you a candidate for dental implants?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant. Some people who have lost bone in their jaw can still get implants, but the bone must first be rebuilt using special bone-grafting procedures.

People who are not good candidates for dental implants include:

  • Young patients whose jawbones have not fully developed
  • Pregnant women
  • People with existing medical conditions. If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment
  • Patients who take certain medications such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system.

For more information on Dental Implants, or for your Complimentary Implant Consultation, please call us at (804) 417-4835 to make an appointment, or click here to request an appointment online

 


What our patients say about getting Dental Implants at Richmond Smile Center

“I had been terrified of going to the dentist for as long as I could remember. The older I got, the worse my fears got, so I simply quit going. Needless to say, my teeth and gums steadily deteriorated to the point where I had no choice but to do something. I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Martin and left his office feeling impressed and very much at ease. Subsequently, Dr. Martin and his staff performed extensive dental work on me and I can honestly say I experienced little or no discomfort. Almost a year and many visits later, I now view going to see Dr. Martin and his staff as going to see friends. Dr. Martin has truly given me something to smile about and something to smile with.”

John Peddicord, Company Manager

 


“I learned early to expect pain and to be afraid of the Dentist. I had to have three teeth removed. I had double teeth and a cavity in one of those. This work was done when I was eleven years old. This was my first trip to the Dentist and it was not pleasant. I cried before, during, and after this visit. So I learned early to stay away from the dentist.

“I started losing my teeth in the back of my mouth first. This didn’t really bother me until I realized you could see the empty spaces when I smiled or laughed. This was making me self-conscious. I began practicing how to laugh and smile without opening my mouth so as not to show my missing teeth. I also started being envious of people who could smile and laugh showing their teeth. I actually found myself watching other people’s teeth.

“Fear continued to keep me away from the Dentist. I continued to see Dr. Martin’s advertisements and one touched me. The advertisement told how Dr. Martin had given abused women their smile back. Well, I thought a dentist with a heart.

“I called the office/ got an appointment and found very friendly and competent support staff. I had a couple of them Carey and Roz sweating bullets trying to do an x-ray. These two were having such a difficult time because of a very large bone in the top of my mouth. They kept me comfortable and got the x-ray done. I later met my dentist who sang and hummed Motown songs as he looked around in my mouth.

“No matter how bad I thought things were, Dr. Martin had a plan to help me. I needed gum grafts, four implants, three wisdom teeth removed, two bridges and oh, yeah removal of that large bone in the top of my mouth.

“It was two weeks before Christmas when we decided to proceed with treatment. Dr. Martin told me we can go ahead and get the gum grafts at the top, the four implants, and oh yes, remove the large bone from the top of my mouth. I agreed but told Dr. Martin that I had to be able to go to work over the Christmas holidays, because I had people that worked with me who were already crying about the Christmas schedule. I had to be at work as scheduled, the only excuse for me missing work would be death.

“Dr. Martin scheduled me to come in on a Saturday morning, he completed all of that dental work and I was able to talk to him while he worked. His wonderful assistants kept me comfortable the whole time. (Thanks Jamie and Roz)
Well, I returned to work the following Wednesday. I told my story to everyone and showed them my mouth. Friends and family have been amazed at how well it all went with no swelling, a quick recovery, and little if no pain. It all has been simply amazing. I have more dental work to be done, but I am no longer afraid.

“My thanks to all of you”

Yacine Richardson

 


“It has been a pleasure dealing with Dr. Charles Martin, D.D.S. & Associates. I have been a patient at this office for many years. Everyone is professional and friendly and made me feel good about having extensive dental work done.

“It has been an expensive experience, however I have most of my own teeth and not dentures. I did feel self-conscious when I first came to the office, but once I had crowns put on my smile is wonderful.

“As far as surgical procedures go, I have not had a bad experience. Everything always went well and god only knows how much work I have had. My last encounter was an implant on the lower left of my mouth. At first, I thought I would be going into surgery with a cover over my face, but after about ten minutes I knew I would be okay and I was. I had hardly any discomfort that day or the next.

“A few Advil took care of that.

“The final results are great! New bridge and new tooth! A beautiful smile! What more could you ask for!

“Dr. Martin is a caring and excellent dentist. Anyone thinking about getting or needing an implant should go for it. Do this instead of pulling your teeth and you will not regret it.

“AND you are in good hands with Dr. Charles Martin.”

Audrey Sontag

 


 

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