As Seen in Metropolitan Health
By Charles W. Martin, D.D.S.
For many people who have lost their natural teeth and cannot wear traditional false teeth, dental implants may be the answer.
Implantology is the practice of implanting artificial teeth in the place of lost teeth.
“A word of thanks to Dr. Martin and a recommendation to others who may be thinking of restoring their teeth, but have reservations about taking this route.
When I was born the good teeth gene was missing from my gene pool. I grew up during hard times when dental hygiene was not a priority. Surviving was the most important thing. With my uneven, crooked teeth my smile was always covered with my hand. One of the first things I did when I went to work was to have my front teeth caped. Now I could smile.
Over the years I spend a lot of time in the dentist chair. My dread of having to have dentures was a constant nightmare for me. Then it happened! My teeth started breaking off. Just broke right off when I was chewing something. The first one I put into a small cup in the medicine cabinet, and the next one and etc. Why I saved them I do not know. Perhaps it was my way of thinking they were not really gone. My dentist at that time did not know what to do. I went to different dentists, one for this problem, one for another problem. Some teeth were extracted. Then the gum disease started. So I said to myself, this is serious. Your entire health could be in jeopardy.
Serious action had to be taken. I still had the teeth in my medicine cabinet, the teeth I was losing were getting closer to the front of my mouth and my smiles was in danger, in addition to my health.
Implants seemed a possibility. I read about Dr. Charles Martin and his work with implants. An appointment was made wit him. I was very impressed. He would do all the work in his office, the permanent bridges, implants, fillings, root work, gum restoring, etc. No going from dentist to dentist. I liked that. The sign at his office said “friendly, gentle dentistry” O.K, I thought he is definitely friendly and the others in the office also, and he seemed gentle. On a second visit, Dr. Martin explained in detail, with pictures and video, the procedure for the implants and other work.
I agreed to have the work done, and I will admit I was nervous and apprehensive. My trips to dentists before had not been reassuring for me, but this was different. Dr. Martin lived up to the sign that said “gentle” and now he could add to this “painless”.
Dentistry has made amazing progress in the last years, and it is great to have a dentist who keeps up with them, and continues to do so. I now have teeth to chew with and a smile that I am proud of. I still have those teeth in a cup in my medicine cabinet. I think I can dispose of them now.”
Can I still eat my favorite foods with implants?
Yes. Implants are remarkably strong, and remember – they stay put, unlike removable dentures. So you can eat and enjoy whatever you wish. Everything from apples to deep-fried anything. Want the details?
- The components of the implant system are designed for strength. For example, the components of the Maestro System by BioHorizons are manufactured from a biocompatible titanium alloy, which offers a yield strength 65 percent higher than the strongest grade of commercially pure titanium.
- The maximum bite force of a traditional denture ranges from 5 to 50 pounds. Almost one-third of denture wearers are able to eat only soft or mashed foods, and 50 percent avoid many foods. 17 percent claim that they chew more effectively without dentures!
- By contrast, patients with implant-supported restorations may increase their bite force by 85 percent within two months of completing treatment, and by 300 percent after three years. Implant-supported dentures and bridges function similarly to natural teeth.
- In addition, dental implants do not have problems with caries (decay), root caries, or hot/cold sensitivity. When you have a dental implant, you can floss and brush as you do with your own teeth.