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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)

Laser Gum Treatment

High-Tech Laser Gum Treatment

Laser Gum Therapy    Causes of Gum Disease    Cosmetic Gum Surgery    Symptoms


Dr. Martin provides gentle, comfortable laser dentistry.

Even though gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, many people avoid treatment for gum disease because the treatment can be invasive or painful. At Richmond Smile Center, it doesn’t have to be. For mild cases of gum disease, Richmond dentist Dr. Charles Martin offers gentle cleaning and scaling to remove the bacteria causing the disease, as well as laser gum therapy intermediate or advanced cases.

Comfortable laser treatment for gum disease

Dr. Martin’s state-of-the-art laser treatment provides rapid, safe and comfortable gum treatment.

Dr. Martin personally evaluates every patient for gum disease. Many people don’t know they have gum disease, and even a mild case, if untreated, will only get worse, not better.

Gum disease can increase your risk of heart attack by two to four times, double your risk of stroke, worsen a diabetic condition (and vice versa), is associated with an increased incidence of cancer and increases the incidences of low birth weight babies and premature births. For a beautiful smile and a healthier life, make an appointment to see Dr. Charles Martin.

For more information, you can read Dr. Martin’s detailed article, Gum Disease, Diabetes & Systemic Inflammation.


Complimentary Consultation

If you are concerned about the health of your gums, please come in for a Complimentary Consultation. Dr. Martin will examine your mouth, and help you determine the best course of treatment for your oral health.

Dr. Martin will give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
  • 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
  • Answer your questions

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


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

Laser treatment for pain-free gum care

Dr. Martin uses the LightWalker® dental laser for many procedures, including pain-free periodontal cleaning and laser gum surgery.

Removing tarter and pockets of bacteria from your gums and the teeth below the gum line is easy with the soft-tissue laser from LightWalker. This machine allows Dr. Martin to handle gum disease quickly and comfortably. The LightWalker safely and gently removes decayed material on teeth without harming surrounding gum tissue and is used for periodontal treatments, smile design, gum contouring and many other procedures.

Using the LightWalker dental laser, Dr. Martin can treat mild to moderate cases of gum disease, and even some advanced cases.




What is gum disease and what causes it?

Gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the US!

Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth. In a healthy state, the gums around your teeth are tight, pink, do not bleed when they are gently probed, and there is little space between the gums and the teeth for bacteria to build up.

If the bacteria are not removed effectively, the first stage of gum disease is that your gums can start to bleed and may become red and swollen (gingivitis). This may not be readily visible, especially in between and around the back teeth, but the space between the gums and teeth becomes bigger. The bacteria now have somewhere to hide.

As the space (pocket) deepens, the bacteria change in nature and become more aggressive. Your body starts to fight this infection. The combination of the bacteria and your body’s response to them leads to a loss of the bone that supports the teeth. This is periodontal disease or periodontitis (periodontitis — a word that comes from the combination of the smaller words: “per” meaning around, “dont” meaning tooth and “itis” meaning inflammation or infection).

Therefore, the most important thing to do is correctly diagnose the presence and severity of gum disease. We test your gums for signs of gum disease and severity and then an appropriate plan can be made to prevent the spread and progression of the disease.

Symptoms of gum disease


Factors that contribute to gum disease include poor oral hygiene, irregular professional dental cleanings, smoking or chewing tobacco, certain medications, defective fillings, crooked teeth and systemic diseases.

Warning signs of gum disease are:

  • Gums that bleed during tooth brushing
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite


A healthy lifestyle, regular brushing and flossing, and regular visits to the dentist for cleanings are the best way to keep your gums healthy and to avoid gum disease.


For more information please call us at (804) 417-4835 to make an appointment, or click here to request an appointment online.

Cosmetic Laser Gum Surgery

Your gum tissue is like a frame that provides form and shape to the top of your tooth. A less than attractive, ‘gummy’ smile results when the integrity of the gum is compromised, or the actual gum between your teeth becomes weak. Usually due to poor hygiene (gum disease), you actually begin to lose gum tissue.

Cosmetic gum surgery is the procedure of lengthening your teeth from the neck of the tooth upwards. Dr. Martin uses the LightWalker soft-tissue dental laser to painlessly correct a ‘gummy smile.’ Your teeth then appear to be longer and much less gum is seen when you smile.

Patients Testimonials

“My experience at your practice was excellent. The dentist and the staff is beyond anything professional that I have ever experienced. You guys have another trait that I have not witnessed anywhere…you are absolutely hilarious…however, you remain professional. Now that takes some ingenuity. Have a great day guys and thanks for rescuing me in the time of one of my most stressful events.” – Marvin Johnson Sr.

“Dr. Martin and his staff are always friendly and accommodating, treating me as a individual and trying to ensure that I am as comfortable as possible. The work is expertly done and the overall experience is positive.” – Leora C.

“My dental visits at Dr. Charles Martin’s are always great. The staff is extremely courteous and professional. I must add that the dental work performed there is of the highest quality.” – Joseph C.