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When you think of dentures, do you picture bulky, fake-looking teeth floating in a glass? If so, you would probably be interested to learn that dentures, as well as senior dentistry, have advanced a lot in recent years. To learn about these exciting developments, read the following information from your Richmond VA dentist, Dr. Charles Martin. Read the rest of this entry »

Crowns and Bridges

October 13th, 2011 by JillN123

If you have a crown or a bridge, you probably know what they are. However, the term “crown and bridge” is kind of misleading. Here’s the difference.

A crown is a dental restoration also known as a cap. It covers the portion of a tooth that extends above the gumline to restore stability, shape, and function after the tooth sustains a deep cavity or fracture. A crown can be made of metal, porcelain over metal, all porcelain, or zirconia. Porcelain and zirconia crowns look like natural tooth enamel; they’re white.

A bridge, or crown-and-bridge system, is a prosthetic–it replaces missing teeth. The appliance consists of one or more solid replacement teeth fused between two crowns. The crowns are secured onto healthy, natural teeth or dental implant posts. A bridge is a fixed dental prosthetic, meaning it’s not removable. Some people call a partial denture a “removable bridge,” but this term is not accurate. Read the rest of this entry »

Myths, Mistakes, and Misunderstandings

July 20th, 2011 by JillN123

Myth: I only do what I have to do to get out of pain, but that’s it.

Boy, that’s a shame, because pain is only an indicator of a problem that’s gotten so bad that it causes pain. Many dental problems don’t cause pain at all until the problem is so bad that the offending tooth, gum needs significant treatment. Ouch. Pain is not a healthy indicator for timing dental care. At that point, it’s often way too late.

Myth: Losing one tooth and not replacing is not a big deal.

Wrong again. If you lose even one tooth, you can greatly reduce your chewing ability. The teeth around that gap drift that way, leaving their natural “utility zone” and are repurposed for a job they are not perfect for.

Myth: Dentures work just as well as natural teeth.

No they don’t. With your natural teeth, you can put enough pressure to chew through some pretty tough stuff. In fact, common bite or chewing forces range from 25 to 75 lbs per square inch. And back teeth, when needed, can apply up to 250 lbs per square inch.

And dentures? Dentures generally function at about 25% of normal chewing function. That’s right 75% less. Unless a person’s teeth are painful, rotting, or moving, healthy teeth versus dentures are two different worlds. Over a fifteen year period of wearing down dentures, chewing ability deteriorates to 5 lbs of biting pressure. Talk about changing what you can chew! Some people become true dental cripples.

This blog contains excerpts from This Won’t Hurt a Bit! by Dr. Charles Martin of The Richmond Smile Center in Richmond, Virginia.

As you age, your oral health can become a concern. In addition to dulling or discolored teeth, jaw pain, and increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay, tooth loss is often a side effect of aging.

Missing teeth can be embarrassing and make it difficult to smile, eat, and speak properly. Missing teeth can also lead to bone degeneration, which increases your risk of further tooth loss.

If you have one or more missing teeth, what can you do to restore your smile and quality of life?

While dentures can be a decent restorative and cosmetic option, Dr. Charles Martin prefers to use more stable restorations to replace missing teeth. To do this, healthy teeth roots are necessary. Teeth roots stimulate the jawbone, prevent further tooth loss, and help teeth function properly.

When restoring your smile, the roots of your teeth are extremely important. Dr. Martin offers several restorative options for missing teeth that surpass the power of traditional dentures. Overdentures fit over teeth roots so that they are stable and function and look just like natural teeth.

Dental implants are, arguably, the best replacement for missing teeth. If you are in good oral and general health, dental implants can provide you with permanent replacement that mimic the look, feel, function, and comfort of natural teeth. Call The Richmond Smile Center at (804) 320-6800 to reserve your consultation appointment with Dr. Martin.

The History of Dental Implants

June 22nd, 2011 by JillN123

As the leading tooth replacement option of today, it seems like dental implants would be a somewhat recent technological advancement.

Believe it or not, the first dental implants date back more than 1,300 years. Here’s a timeline of the history of dental implants.

Ancient History: Ancient Mayans and Egyptians hammer teeth-like pieces of shell, ivory, and animal bone directly into their gums to replace teeth.

1700s: Lost teeth are often replaced using the teeth of human donors, but the process is unsuccessful due to infection from the foreign materials used during the implant process.

1800s: Gold, platinum, and other metal alloys are used experimentally and placed into sockets where teeth had been recently extracted. Long-term success rates are poor.

1952: A doctor in Sweden accidentally discovers that titanium can bond with living bone tissue when he places a titanium screw in an animal’s thighbone. He has the idea to use titanium posts to bond dental implants to patient’s jawbones.

1965: Modern dental implants make their world debut! The process of implanting titanium in bone for the purpose of rooting prosthetic teeth begins.

1981: Per-Ingvar Branemark, the Swedish doctor who discovered the fusing power of titanium, publishes a paper reporting all the data he had collected about titanium implants.

1982: The Toronto Conference on Osseointegration in Clinical Dentistry creates the first guidelines for successful implant dentistry.

2002: An ADA survey shows that oral and oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, and general dentists near double the number of implants performed per dentist between 1995 and 2002.

Today: Dental implants are the number one tooth replacement procedure.

Dr. Charles Martin has successfully placed dental implants on many of his patients to give them brand new, beautiful smiles. Call The Richmond Smile Center at (804) 320-6800 for more information or to reserve your appointment time.

Sarah’s Story

June 17th, 2011 by JillN123

Loosing a tooth here and there hadn’t seemed like a big deal for Sarah.

“They were in the back. No one could really see they were missing. Or so I thought. It was at my niece’s wedding reception that I heard the comment that shook me awake. I’ll never forget it, ‘Kim’s Aunt Sarah looks so old compared to Kim’s mom. Those missing teeth would make you think she is from the backwoods, a hillbilly or something.’”

“It was one of those bathroom conversations that were supposed to be private. I happened to be in there freshening up at the same time. I ran out with tears welling up in my eyes. I couldn’t stop thinking about those words. I excused myself and went to find a mirror where I could look at my face and smile privately. I found one and I took a good look. I didn’t like what I saw. I wondered how many other people were saying to themselves what that young hussy had said!”

“I am five years younger than Kim’s mom, my sister, Lindsey. She looks like early 40s, late 30s!”

“I started thinking about it, comparing Lindsey’s smile to mine. I realized that I didn’t look 50. I looked more like 60. My face had more wrinkles. My smile was dark, teeth were twisted and uneven.”

“The mirror set I had found let me view my smile from the side. That’s when I realized how much all those missing teeth showed and all the missing support for my face.”

Lindsey sent Sarah to us. We were able to get her smile rejuvenation done by using dental implants, smile design, and some newer therapies to regain lost bone. You should see her smile now. Sarah later told us, “It was a significant investment and it took more time and money that I thought it would. And I wish I had done something years ago. After you explained about my gum disease, I knew this wasn’t just about my looks; it was about my health, too. I feel better now than I have in twenty years.”

Sarah had a nasty case of gum disease that would have caused her to lose all her teeth had she delayed treatment any longer. Plus with what we now know about the mouth-body interactions and her family history of heart disease and cancer, Sarah’s decision to get her smile back and teeth healthy again might have just saved her life. It was about 3 months after we had completed her extensive makeover with dental implants that we saw Sarah again for her now regular maintenance visit. The ring on her finger said it all. After being divorced for five years, she now had found the new love of her life. She smiled. She was beaming.

“Other people need to know about this. Most people don’t know how important your smile and oral health is to your happiness and health,” Sarah says.

We agree. That is one of the reasons for this book.

This blog is an excerpt from This Won’t Hurt a Bit by Dr. Charles Martin.

Kathy’s Story

June 1st, 2011 by JillN123

Kathy knew it was time for a change. When she arrived, we immediately noticed that she was a vivacious, happy woman. However, her smile was in desperate need of help.

Kathy was a member of the Red Hat Society, a social group for women that has hundreds of chapters all over the country. The group is a great excuse for women to meet, travel, and enjoy life to the fullest. Unfortunately, Kathy’s teeth did not fit the picture. It was holding her back from having the most exciting life possible.

We were happy to help. Kathy was referred to by one of my other patients, also a member of the Red Hat Society. “I was referred to by Helen. I want you to help me have a smile like hers,” she said.

At first, Kathy wanted to do as little as possible to fix her smile. She was concerned about the financial costs and of any discomfort that so many new patients fear. But, still, Kathy saw how Helen had benefitted from her dental work. She knew restorative dentistry was the key to a happy life.

Kathy really became convinced after our consultation. We showed her a digital representation of what her smile could look like after the treatment. The potential displayed thanks to that wonderful technology opened her eyes, and she only had two questions for us: “You can make my teeth look like that?” and “When can you start?”

Today, Kathy is still an active member of the Red Hat Society and is living life to the fullest. In fact, some members have tried to make her wear a pink hat, which is normally reserved for members less than 50 years old. She looks ten years younger!

I’m Dr. Charles Martin. If you live in or near the Richmond, Virginia area, I would be happy to have you as my patient. If you need dental implantscomplex oral rehabilitation, or cosmetic dentistry, call the Richmond Smile Center today at 888.22.SMILES, and schedule an appointment with me, Dr. Charles Martin.

The information in this blog is an excerpt from This Won’t Hurt a Bit! by Dr. Charles Martin.

Doris’ Story

April 29th, 2011 by JillN123

For Doris, losing her teeth and getting dentures at age 52 had been an unhappy choice she confided in us.

“At the time, I thought it was the least worst decision I could make. I had had trouble with my teeth for my entire life. I was glad to be rid of them. After I got my dentures, I thought I was doing OK with them. It was true that I had to focus a lot of attention on my false teeth. I couldn’t eat what I wanted all the time. And after being re-fitted with my new ones, my chewing was easier, but it wasn’t long until my bones had shrunk more and once again I experienced insecurity about being out in public. I really hated that. If felt so confining.

“I had heard about dental implants, but thought they were going to be too expensive, so I just tried to get along with my dentures.

“One weekend, I was keeping my little treasure, my three year old granddaughter, Tiffany. Sometimes blessing come from unusual places. She watched me putting in my dentures. I could see her eyes get big. She said, ‘Granny, why do you have teeth that you put in?’ I was crushed. I didn’t want this little light of my life thinking about me in any way like that. Plus, I knew I wasn’t eating like I should. That’s when I decided to call you.”

After an examination and complete dental physical, we came up with a plan for Doris. We placed dental implants and made teeth for her that didn’t come out. Doris lovers her new smile and the comfort of knowing she wouldn’t have any embarrassing denture moments ever again.

We knew what Doris wanted even if she couldn’t, wouldn’t and didn’t know how to say what it was.

“When I am gone, I want her and all my grandchildren to remember me as the loving, smiling, kind grandmother – not as the unsmiling woman who took her teeth in and out.

“I’m am sooooo glad I had this done and I feel better about me. I feel more energized than before. And I am enjoying my food better than I have in years.”

As an oral diagnostician, dentist, a medical enthusiast, I’m happy to provide this information to the general public. If you live in or near the Richmond, Virginia area, I would be happy to have you as my patient. If you need dental implants, complex oral rehabilitation, or cosmetic dentistry, call the Richmond Smile Center today at 888.22.SMILES, and schedule an appointment with me, Dr. Charles Martin.

The information in this blog is an excerpt from This Won’t Hurt a Bit! by Dr. Charles Martin.

The Martin Method of Dentistry

February 17th, 2011 by JillN123

I’m Dr. Charles Martin of The Richmond Smile Center, and I have developed a very strong and specific philosophy that I utilize here at my practice.

I see patients of all ages with all kinds of various dental needs. Every patient and case I see is different, but there is one thing that remains the same across the board. The Martin Method of Dentistry really works.

What is the Martin Method of Dentistry?

  • The artistic pursuit of beautiful teeth and gorgeous smiles.
  • A system that carefully evaluates how to make your teeth look their best while functioning properly and staying healthy.
  • Built on a thoroughness approach that gives you predictable results.
  • A physician of the mouth approach applying the science of comfort, health, function, and longevity of the teeth, gums, jaw joints, and chewing mechanism, based on solid principles…time-tested and true…coupled with the latest dental research.
  • A unified system that uses the best-of-the-best in techniques and technology.
  • An ever-evolving system of care designed to get great treatment results, enhance comfort, reduce anxiety, and leave you with a radiant smile.
  • An investment in yourself that pays big personal dividends every day of your life.
  • A demanding discipline that is a daily challenge, but one that my team and I embrace. We won’t compromise results. We will give you options, but refuse to give a bad option.
  • A method, which has as one of its goals, a great smile matched to the personality and physiology of you as an individual.
  • A way to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

To see the Martin method in action, I invite you to call my office in Richmond, Virginia at (804) 320-6800 to schedule an appointment. I look forward to giving you a lifetime of top-notch dental care.

“Boy, if this were only the right solution, we would love it! Removing the offending tooth does make sense in a way: it gets rid of the pain. But every time you remove a tooth, there is a whole series of chain reactions that occur: your other teeth move. The gap or space created causes additional stresses on other front teeth, often resulting in an impaired chewing function, gum disease and loss of still more teeth.

“If simply yanking teeth were the end-all solution, people would just take all their teeth out and get dentures. In fact, for a time in certain countries, including Canada, this was thought to be the ultimate wedding gift: to remove all the teeth and give the wedding couple dentures. Seriously. That way they would always avoid dental problems in the future. But we know that’s not true. In fact, dentures are the equivalent of oral wigs, and most people are much more satisfied with wearing their own hair than wearing a wig.” Read the rest of this entry »