Dental implants may sound new and for some patients the idea can be a little unsettling. The procedure isn't new, though – it's been around since the early 1980s – and it shouldn't be unsettling. While placement of implants is technically a surgery, in the skilled and experienced hands of Dr. Charles Martin, the procedure has an incredibly good success rate. Placement is pre-planned and computer guided, for very predictable results and fast healing. Dr. Martin is excited to bring high-level implant dentistry to patients from the Richmond area and beyond.
Dental implant basics
A dental implant is essentially a replacement tooth root. This small cylinder made of a strong, biocompatible alloy is precisely placed into the jaw bone, through a small gum incision. Gum tissue heals very quickly, and over the course of a few months bone fuses with the titanium implant holding it solidly in place. The implant serves as the foundation for a replacement tooth or other type of dental restoration.
Once in use, it serves another important function. Because the implant resides within the jaw bone, it provides vital stimulation (similar to that of a natural tooth root) each time you bite down. That keeps jaw bone healthy and supports facial features.
How dental implants are used
Dental implants are extremely versatile. An implant may be topped with a crown to restore the appearance and function of a single missing tooth. Dental implants may also be used to provide a level of confidence and stability never before possible for denture wearers.
In a technique called All on Four, Dr. Martin is able to extract teeth, place specially designed mini implants, and immediate attach a previously fabricated temporary denture all in one visit. You don't have to survive without teeth during the healing period and the denture can be removed for easy cleaning. When all healing is complete, Dr. Martin designs a final denture that also utilizes the dental implants for stability.
For the patient who has no teeth or does not require an immediate denture, traditional dental implants may be a good option. Dr. Martin is able to use as few as four to provide amazing stability for a fixed or removable overdenture.
Dr. Martin has a Bachelor's Degree in biology, a dental degree from Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, and several decades of clinical experience. In addition, he has devoted many hours to studying the science of dental implantology, including advanced training at Misch Implant Institute and L. D. Pankey Institute. He is also a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Dental implants and implant stabilized dentures aren't something that Dr. Martin dabbles in – he is the dentist patients from all over the country trust with their smiles. Call Richmond Smile Center today at 804.417.7203 to schedule an appointment.
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