With more than 30 years of experience in successfully crafting stunning smiles, Dr. Martin has a uniquely advanced dental skillset. He performs a wide array of complex and advanced procedures, including the placement of implants right here in our office.
Many dentists are unwilling to place implants, because the process is intricate and technique sensitive. However, Dr. Martin has pursued advanced implant training throughout his career, and he has been providing this service for residents of Richmond and surrounding areas for many years. During this time, he has gained invaluable experience, and developed precision techniques. Some of his training and credentials include:
- Fellow of the International Academy of Dentofacial Esthetics
- Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry
- Summa Cum Laude graduate of Case Western University’s cosmetic dentistry program
- Graduate of L.D. Pankey Institute post doctoral programs
- Graduate of the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Education
- Teaching at Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry
- Teaching at Georgetown University School of Dentistry
- Member of Misch Implant Institute
- Member of The American College of Implantology
- Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
Complete dental implant treatment, all under one roof
There are very few dental professionals in the Richmond area, or in all of Virginia, who perform both the surgical and the reconstructive phases of implant dentistry. Therefore, patients are often forced to see two or more different specialists at different practices to complete a single treatment.
Because we use a revolutionary new implant technique and technology, we have the ability to provide more efficient, comfortable, and speedy treatment than ever before. In some cases, the process is completed in about an hour and patients leave the office with a full and beautiful smile. With more traditional techniques, the process would have taken several months instead of just a day. This is an exciting development in dentistry, and great news for anyone who has been living with an uncomfortable partial, or with missing teeth.
The benefits of dental implants
Implants accomplish more than simply plugging a gap in your smile. They also help preserve your jawbone from the resorption that typically takes place after a tooth is lost or extracted. The actual implant is a small post made of titanium, which bond directly with the living bone tissue, helping to keep it strong and active.
A fixed bridge or a partial removable denture may be aesthetically pleasing solutions, but they may present functional problems, and they do not prevent bone loss.
When you lose one or several teeth, the bone, where the roots had been, begins to dissolve. Therefore, a removable denture, which is reliant upon the bone for support, may become loose and start to slip or slide when you are trying to speak or chew.
Traditional bridgework requires healthy teeth to be prepared and shaped into abutments, which will hold the supportive dental crowns. Unfortunately, the design of this appliance makes hygiene difficult, often leading to tooth decay and periodontal disease. These factors, in turn, lead to the failure of the dental bridge. Due to these and other factors, the average lifespan of a dental bridge is between seven and fifteen years, whereas dental implants are expected to last at least twenty-five years.
You may be surprised when you discover the degree to which dental implants can positively affect your appearance and overall health. After the loss of natural teeth, bone loss is to be expected. As the bone mass decreases, your jawline and overall facial structure and symmetry begin to change. You might notice droopy or thin lips, droopy muscles, jowls, and changes to your facial profile. As the deterioration affects the gum tissue, you may begin to notice the development of ridges, and changes in the nerves and muscles in the oral cavity. The best way to avoid these and other common problems associated with tooth loss is to replace those teeth with dental implants.
Dr. Martin highly recommends dental implants for replacing missing teeth in any case where it is a viable option. He even recommends implants for denture wearers, as just a few can secure the appliance.
The Richmond Smile Center Implant Procedure
- Any damaged teeth will be removed gently
- The titanium post (the implant) is surgically placed in the jawbone. Depending on the circumstances, an alternative implant style, which rests atop the bone beneath the gums, may be used. The implant type is chosen based on the quality and quantity of bone tissue as well as other individual factors. For either type of implant, the surgical procedure is quite minor, and it can be completed comfortably with the use of local anesthesia.
- Your body will react to the implant as if it were a tooth root, and immediately begin forming a bond. The process usually takes between three and six months. We will wait until the implants are fully secured by bone tissue before progressing to the next step, though you will be able to wear temporary dentures enabling normal eating, speaking, and smiling during this time.
- When the bone and implant has formed a strong bond, an attachment, known as an abutment, is added. Your new tooth or appliance is then secured to the abutment using an amazingly strong and durable space-age adhesive formula.
- You will be the only one who knows that your brand new tooth is actually new. It will look just like a healthy, beautiful, and natural tooth.
Who is a good candidate for implants?
Ideally, an implant candidate should have generally good physical and oral health. If you have experienced bone loss in your jaw, implants can still be an option but that bone will need to be restored prior to treatment.
Individuals who are not dental implant candidates include:
- Adolescents with still-developing jawbones
- Pregnant women
- Individuals with certain medical conditions that prohibit dental treatment; generally, anyone healthy enough for standard dental procedures or very minor surgeries is healthy enough to receive dental implants.
- Individuals taking certain immune repressive medications
If you are looking for the most advanced, long lasting, and beautiful way to fill the gaps in your smile, call 804.417.7203 and schedule a consultation at Richmond Smile Center to find out if dental implants are right for you.