When patients refer to implants, many times they are mistakenly referring to the entire replacement tooth. Dental implants are just one part of a new tooth.
The beauty of dental implant-supported teeth comes, partly, from the design. The implant is a cylindrical-shaped post. It serves as the foundation for the crown or the part of the tooth that sits above the gum tissue. The implant and crown are joined together by a small connector piece, known as an abutment.
Modern implants are typically made from medical-grade titanium. This material is non-toxic, strong, and durable, which makes it a good fit for what will effectively become your new tooth root. Titanium is unique in that it also safely fuses with underlying bone. When an orthopedic surgeon discovered this characteristic by happenstance while studying how bones heal, the term osseointegration was born.
The beauty of choosing Dr. Martin and his team as your dental implant specialists in Richmond VA is the ability to complete all aspects of the procedure, while other dentists or specialists in the area are only trained and capable of handling a step in the process.
Dr. Martin has been placing dental implants since the 1980s. He can determine if an implant is the best option for you, map out a plan, surgically place the implant, and oversee the healing process, which culminates with the placement of the crown and follow-up appointments.
Richmond Smile Center is also uniquely equipped to condense this process with technology available to place dental implants in one day. Consider how the process of osseointegration alone often takes three to six months. With Dr. Martin's teeth in a day technique for dental implants, you can get to the business of enjoying foods and smiling again without the embarrassment or discomfort associated with missing teeth.
People who are missing many teeth can benefit from All-on-4. This dental implant system can be placed in one visit and makes use of the least amount of implants to securely serve as a foundation for your new teeth. Call 804-417-7203 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Martin.
Last Updated - February 2016
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