Dr. Charles Martin of Richmond Smile Center has dedicated his practice to providing comfortable, gentle dental care, using the latest advances in dental technology.
Dr. Martin is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor awarded to only 2,000 dentists across the country, and a Diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. With 30 years of advanced training and experience, Dr. Martin is also a senior dental diagnostician and devotes time to teaching other dentists inside and outside the practice.
His most important focus, however, is his patients, and he utilizes his extensive training and experience to treat even the most challenging dental situations. His commitment to “doing it right” and ability to “handle just about anything” has won him the admiration of both patients and other doctors.
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No drill or drill-less dentistry allows removal of dental decay without the dreaded whine of the drill and often without the needle, too! The technology uses forced air and a safe, small particle substance to etch away the decay rapidly and without the vibrations and heat of the dental drill. It can get at decay sooner because it is a fine spray so you can keep your natural teeth for life. Few patients need anesthesia of any type.
We use the exciting dental laser to gently and effectively treat the ravages of gum disease usually without numbing anesthesia. It stops the progression of the tooth and bone destroying disease. Laser treatment helps to eliminate the need for conventional, often painful, gum surgery in up to 75% of cases.
The laser can also be used to gently and artistically refashion the gum line. It can turn short teeth or a gummy smile into the smile you’ve always wanted.
No pain. No needle. No Drugs. No after effects. This technology precisely controls the dosage of anesthesia so you get only the amount required to painlessly complete the procedure. It is used in the more common procedures we perform that require numbing. You’re no longer leaving with a completely numb face after every tooth restoring procedure.
We offer many ways to make our patients who are undergoing complex smile restorations feel comfortable. Oral medication can provide conscious sedation that makes everything go away: stress, worry and memory of the procedure.
One-Visit Root Canals
The root canal is a procedure that has kept many people away from the dental office including those who might not need one, just because of the ‘mythic lore’ behind the term. Much of the reason for the fear wasn’t so much the discomfort, but the technique used. It used to be, and still is in many offices, a manual or imprecise mechanical process.
At our office we use the latest technology. We can precisely locate the apex of the root electronically and with a computer controlled device, we can remove the damaged or diseased root efficiently and more comfortably.
Precision in surgery means comfort is increased and results are improved. The surgical telescope makes esthetic enhancement better because we get an up close view of the artistry we’re creating. It increases surgical comfort because it enhances accuracy, reducing the time we need to perform each procedure.
Digital x-rays have less radiation that traditional x-ray machines and there is no need for processing film of the image. Your X-rays can be seen by Dr. Martin within seconds of taking them. Then he can go over the results with you on our in-room computer screens.
Intraoral cameras are tiny digital cameras that fit comfortably in your mouth and enable Dr. Martin to show you an enlarged image of your smile on a computer screen.
The PerioScope provides real-time visualization of gum tissue health below the surface (enhanced by intense illumination and 24-48X magnification), helps diagnose root fractures (which are not identifiable by the naked eye) and catch decay early when it starts down around the root.
Dr. Martin uses the LightWalker® dental laser and PerioScope for the examination and treatment of gum disease. The LightWalker is used for many procedures, including pain-free periodontal cleaning and laser gum surgery.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening is a safe, long-lasting procedure that can whiten your teeth an average of 8 shades in about an hour. First, Dr. Martin applies the special Zoom! Whitening Gel to your teeth, and then uses the special, low-heat Zoom! Light to activate the gel to remove deep stains and discoloration. Long-lasting Zoom! for a brighter, whiter smile in one visit!
Comfortable, laser-assisted cavity detection.
The traditional way to detect tooth decay was by touching the surface of the teeth with a metal probe. If the metal probe stuck, then there was a cavity.
Using DIAGNOdent laser technology, Dr. Martin can detect early tooth decay without taking the chance of missing even the smallest cavities. The laser probe detects even the smallest problems before they become large, and it does so painlessly.
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.
Dr. Martin also uses SimPlant software, a 3D virtual placement system, so he can show you what your implants will look like before you even start.
Onset™ by Onpharma
Dr. Martin’s fillings are fast and gentle. Onset, by Onpharma, is a buffering agent that works by changing the pH of the anesthetic, lessening or eliminating the pain experienced in a traditional dental injection.
For treating snoring or sleep apnea, Dr. Martin uses the SomnoMed dental device, an intra-oral device that resembles a custom fitted mouth guard.