If you were to put tooth replacement options on a spectrum, dentures would probably be on one end as the conventional method and dental implant-supported teeth would be on the other end of the spectrum as the preferred alternative to traditional techniques. Nowadays you have an option that combines dentures and implants to create a better way to restore function and appearance for those patients who are missing many or all of their teeth.
Dr. Charles Martin is known as an All-on-4 Dentist in Richmond VA. Instead of requiring multiple visits with multiple specialists, a process that can take several months, All-on-4 helps toothless or soon-to-be-toothless patients get new teeth in one visit, and sometimes even in less than one hour.
The implant-supported denture is typically considered a time-consuming process, because many general dentists do not place the implant itself. Instead, this process is referred out to specialists. Adding to the time commitment is the next step, whereby this surgically placed titanium post must fuse with the underlying bone. This gives the crown to be placed later a stable foundation, which further avoids one of the biggest complaints about dentures – poor fit and slipping.
It may be months before this process of osseointegration is complete and the crown will be placed. With All-on-4 implants, Dr. Martin can surgically place the implant and your new tooth in one visit. The 4 in this system's name comes from the fact that toothless patients can get a fixed, full-arch prosthesis courtesy of as few as 4 dental implants.
This feature makes the dental implant procedure far more accessible to patients who felt the procedure was out of reach due to the assumption that an implant may be needed to support every tooth. In fact, today's technology allows a minimal number of implants to support a maximum number of teeth.
While Dr. Martin may not be the only dentist to place on All-on-4 systems in the Richmond area, comprehensive facial evaluations and complimentary cosmetic and restorative consultations are among the factors that distinguish his expertise from other providers offering the same type of implants in name and in theory. To schedule a consultation and experience the difference for yourself, call 804.417.7203 .
Last Updated - February 2016
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