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The Dental Implant:  A Closer Look

Dental implants have become the number one solution for replacing missing teeth. Dr. Roham Rafat offers full-service implant procedures from the comfort of our Hunt Valley dentist office. Implants were designed to mimic the ingenuity of the natural human tooth and offer exceptional support and long-term results. Their stable and natural design help to promote a healthy, comfortable bite and increases bone retention. Understanding the construction of a dental implant can help unravel the mystery of how the dental implant became Valley Dental Health’s number one choice for replacing missing teeth.

The Dental Implant:  A Closer Look

Dental implants promote natural bite function and a beautiful, lasting smile. The carefully designed restoration offers long-lasting results that look and function like natural teeth.  There are three basic parts to a single dental implant- the implant post, the abutment, and the dental restoration. Each piece plays a vital role in re-creating a missing tooth.

implant model valley dental health baltimore mdThe Dental Restoration

Dental restorations such as a dental crown, bridge or denture are custom designed from state of the art dental materials. The restoration will vary depending on the number and location of missing teeth. Dr. Rafat works with the patients to create a restoration that blends seamlessly with adjacent teeth for a beautiful smile.  The dental restoration is securely fastened to the dental implant post using a small abutment piece.

The Abutment

The abutment is a small piece of metal that is secured to the implant post and used to fasten the dental restoration firmly in place. The abutment protrudes from the gum line giving Dr. Rafat space to attach the final restoration after the implant has fully healed.

The Dental Implant

A dental implant is a small titanium post much like a little a screw. The post is surgically implanted into the jaw bone and left to heal for about 3-6 months. During this time period, the implant begins to fuse with the bone tissue creating a lasting and stable bond. Once the dental implant has healed, Dr. Rafat attaches an abutment and final dental restoration resulting in a beautiful missing tooth replacement.

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Roham Rafat, DDS, MS of Valley Dental Health is one of the most highly trained periodontists in the Baltimore area. Dr. Rafat offers complete implant dentistry services in our Hunt Valley dentist office. While many dentists restore dental implants, Dr. Rafat offers complete treatment from the surgical placement of the implant through the cosmetic restoration.