Dental Implants FAQ

Dental_Implant_2_teeth.204153719_stdYou may have seen or heard about the benefits of dental implants. For patients missing one tooth, or all of their teeth, dental implants have changed the way dentists replace missing teeth. Dental implants offer permanent, natural, long lasting results for stable oral health. Periodontist Dr. Roham Rafat offers full-service dental implant treatment plans for consistent and beautiful results at his Hunt Valley dentist office.

Our patients are sometimes apprehensive about seeking treatment for their missing teeth. Some patients experience fear of the dentist, while others are afraid they can not afford the treatment. Our Valley Dental Health team will work with you to find a missing tooth treatment plan that is right for you. Dental Implants are now the standard in missing tooth replacement options. To better understand how the treatment works, check out some FAQs about dental implants.

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

The dental implant procedure is surprisingly comfortable. Valley Dental Health offers patients a full range of sedation dentistry options to make sure that you are as relaxed and comfortable as possible throughout your treatment. Our dental care team will discuss your sedation options and together you will choose the option that will make you the most comfortable.

What is the cost of dental implants?

Dental implants are a significant investment in your oral health and well being. To compare the cost of dental implants with alternative treatments, you must also weigh the long term benefits of dental implants. A dental implant is less likely to need repairs and maintenance and can help improve the quality of your life.

I have more than one missing tooth, can I still use dental implants?

Yes, a dental implant can be used to replace one missing tooth or to replace all of your missing teeth by supporting a denture or bridge. If the dental implants are being used to support a denture or bridge, Dr. Rafat may need to place as few as two dental implants to secure the restoration.

What if I need additional dental treatments?

For some patients with missing teeth, multiple treatments may be necessary to restore their oral health. If additional treatments are needed, Dr. Rofat will discuss the need and benefit of each treatment. We provide sedation dentistry options so you may receive more than one treatment at a time.

Will I have to see multiple specialist?

Dr. Rofat is one of the leading periodontists in the Baltimore, MD area. Dr. Rofat provides comprehensive dental implant treatments for the convenience and quality of care.

Do dental implants require special care?

Dental implants require no more maintenance than your natural teeth.For long-term success, your dental implants rely on healthy gums and surrounding teeth to thrive, just like your natural teeth. Regular oral hygiene, brushing and flossing regularly and biannual dental check ups with Dr. Rofat or Dr. Izadi should keep your dental implants healthy for a lifetime of smiles.

Does my insurance cover dental implants?

Your dental insurance may cover part of the cost for dental implants. Our dental team will help you maximize your benefits. We accept most dental insurance and will contact your provider to check your benefits. Valley Dental Health also offers affordable financing options through CareCredit.

Posted in: dental implants baltimore

Happy National Dentist Day!

NDD-posters8Happy National Dentist Day! Today we celebrate our Hunt Valley dentist Dr. Ashley Izadi and Dr. Roham Rafat for keeping our smiles healthy and beautiful! Valley Dental Health provides comprehensive and quality dental care for patients of all ages in a welcoming and state of the art dental facility. Celebrate your favorite Baltimore are dentists by coming in for your biannual dental checkup and dental cleaning!

What Our Valley Dental Health Patients Are Saying

Dr. Izadi and the entire Valley Dental Health team run a first class dental office. As a customer / patient you don’t doubt for a moment that you are receiving the best care possible. What a pleasure my experiences have been here. I would recommend this practice to the highest degree. Ryan E.

Our family can’t say enough about the team at Valley Dental Health. We brought our toddler to see Dr. Izadi about two months ago and they made his first experience at the dentist office truly memorable. Their advice and guidance will help us ensure that our son has a great foundation for his future dental health. Bill M.

They saved my smile for graduation day! Drs. Rafat and Izadi were the nicest dentists I’ve ever met. They came in on a Saturday afternoon to fix my broken front tooth and now I can confidently smile on my graduation day tomorrow. I’m so happy!! This is the best dental office I’ve been to and I highly recommend these dentists. Thanks so much! Christine S

Dental Procedures Valley Dental Health, MD

Valley Dental Health of Hunt Valley, MD offers a wide range of dental treatments for comprehensive and personalized dental care. Our cosmetic and family dentist can help restore the health, function and beauty of your smile all from the comfort of our dentist office.
Pediatric Dentistry
Sedation Dentistry
Dental ImplantsTMJ TherapyCosmetic Dentistry

Celebrate National Dentist Day With Us!

The best way to thank your dentist is by brushing and flossing regularly and coming in for a visit! Biannual dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings can keep your smile healthy for years to come. Preventative dental care is the best way to avoid complex oral health concerns. Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat are experienced in all stages or oral development making Valley Dental Health your one-stop family dentist in the Baltimore, MD area. Contact our office or request an appointment online.

Posted in: Baltimore Cosmetic Dentist, Baltimore family dentist

The Impacts of Gum Disease

Beautiful African WomanGum disease will affect over 50 % of adults to some degree throughout their lives. A progressive disease, gum disease can develop into a serious oral health condition that can impact your overall health. Diagnosing and treating gum disease is essential for long term oral health and your well being. Hunt Valley dentist Dr. Roham Rafat has specific training in periodontics and perio-prosthodontics for comprehensive and quality treatment of all stages of gum disease.

What is Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a term used to describe the bacterial infection of the gums and teeth.
Untreated, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. A build up bacteria in the gums can cause an excess of plaque on the teeth that causes tooth decay and subsequently tooth loss. Gum disease can progress and should be addressed in its earliest stages for conservative treatment.

How Can I Tell If I have Gum Disease?

Biannual oral health checkups can keep gum disease in check. It is also important to be aware of any changes in your teeth or gums. Some signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Frequent Bleeding Gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Receding Gum Line
  • Mouth sores
  • Changes in the fit of a dental restoration
  • Chronic Halitosis
  • Red or swollen gums

How Can I prevent Gum Disease

Preventative dental care is the best way to avoid the development of gum disease or periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing are your first defense against the build up and spread of oral bacteria. Avoiding the use of tobacco, excessive alcohol consumption and maintaining a healthy diet can all help to keep your gums and teeth healthy.

Gum disease is known to contribute to the development of serious health concerns. New studies have emerged showing a direct link between oral health and general health, which is why regular visits to the dentist are so important. Visiting Valley Dental Health twice a year for professional cleanings and dental health exams are essential for comprehensive preventative dental care. Schedule a consultation with our Hunt Valley dentist office or request one online.

Posted in: periodontics

Many Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental_Implant_2_teeth.204153719_stdDental implants have become the preferred method of missing tooth replacement. With a near 95% success rate, dental implants provide a durable, comfortable and lifelike dental restoration. Valley Dental Health dentist and periodontist Dr. Roham Rafat is highly trained and experienced in complete implant dentistry. Dr. Rafat can complete most dental implants from start to finish from the comfort of our Hunt Valley dentist office.

Today’s modern dentistry and technology have improved all aspects of dentistry. Dentists have fine-tuned technique, and materials are more realistic than ever. Patients who receive dental implants to replace their missing teeth often forget they have them. Dental implants provide patients with a range of long-term dental health benefits in addition to a stable and secure smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants Hunt Valley, MD

  • Natural Looking: Dr. Rafat uses the latest in dental materials to provide natural looking results. A titanium dental implant will be covered with a dental crown, bridge, or denture. The material used in the restoration reflects light just like a natural tooth and can be color matched to blend in with your surrounding natural teeth.
  • Supports Bone Structure: The titanium post will be surgically implanted into your jaw bone. The post acts as a natural root system. The natural properties of titanium allow it to fuse with the bone, creating a stable oral foundation. A strong foundation helps to maintain facial structure and protects the surrounding teeth and gums.
  • Protects Remaining Teeth: Dental implants help to protect your remaining natural teeth from further damage. Replacing missing teeth is vital to maintaining a functional and healthy smile.
  • Long Lasting & Secure: With dental implants, you never have to fear slippage while eating or speaking as you may with traditional dentures. Dental implants are permanent and durable. With regular oral hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime. Once healed, you may return to your normal healthy diet and lifestyle.

Schedule A Dental Implant Consultation in Hunt Valley, MD

Dental implants are a highly sought after dental restoration. Though not for everyone, dental implants can be an effective and long lasting option for missing teeth.

Contact Valley Dental Health or schedule your consultation online to find out if dental implants are right for your oral health concerns. We welcome patients from many local areas including Cockeysville, Phoenix, and Sparks, MD.

Posted in: dental implants baltimore

In Case Of A Dental Emergency

ThinkstockPhotos-477951701Accidents happen, and not always during regularly scheduled office hours. At Valley Dental Health our compassionate and dedicated dental care team provides emergency dentistry for patients in Cockeysville, Hunt Valley, Sparks and surrounding communities. Valley Dental Health is a family dentist that welcomes patients of all ages. So, whether your child lost a tooth in the hockey rink, or you lost a crown eating your kids left over candy, Dr. Ashley Izadi and Dr. Rafat will help restore the function, health and beauty to the smiles of your whole family.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency please call 410.666.1178.
If you are experiencing your dental emergency after hours, please leave a message. One of our dentists will do their best to return your call as soon as possible and advise you on how best to manage your dental concern. At Valley Dental Health, we aim to treat each patient with individualized respect and compassionate dental care.

I Lost A Tooth- Now What?

Have you ever heard that if you lose a tooth you should put it in a glass of milk? Well it is true. The ADA and Drs. Izadi and Rafat recommend placing your lost tooth in small container with your own saliva or milk. Once your tooth is knocked out it is best to get to the dentist within one hour.

If you can find the lost tooth, you may pick it up by the crown and gently rinse it, but be careful not to scrub it. You do not want to remove any tissue that may still be attached. Place your tooth in that milk, and call our Hunt Valley dentist office. Our dental care team will do their best to save your natural tooth, in the case the tooth can not be saved, Dr. Izadi and Rafat are highly experienced and trained in a variety of restorative dentistry treatment options for missing teeth.

My Crown Broke, Can I Save It?

Most dental restorations can not be reused, however, we do encourage saving the restoration if possible. We always stress to patients to never attempt to glue or reattach a crown or filling by yourself.

Call our Hunt Valley dentist office as soon as possible at 410.666.1178 for professional dental treatment. Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat have years of experience and advanced education on restorative dentistry treatments. They can help to find the best dental treatment for your unique oral health needs.

Dental Emergency Hunt Valley, MD

Valley Dental health dentist office can help you through your dental emergency. Our compassionate and dedicated dental care team will welcome you to our office and provide you with individualized and attentive dental care.

Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat also offer sedation dentistry for those patients who suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry can offer relief from fear of the dentist and enable you to get back a healthy smile. Call 410. 666.1178 for your dental emergency.

Posted in: Baltimore Cosmetic Dentist, cosmetic dentist baltimore

The Pros of Family Dentistry

155326229Family dentistry offers the convenience of a one stop dentist experience for all members of your family, regardless of age or dental health needs. Valley Dental Health provides care for all stages of life starting as early as age 3, all the way up to seniors. Our highly trained dentists, Dr.Ashley Izadi and Dr. Roham Rafat have the experience to provide comprehensive and unique care for your whole family’s smiles. In one convenient visit to our Hunt Valley dentist office your whole family can walk out with their healthiest, brightest smiles!

Building Better Patient Doctor Bonds

Developing a strong patient dentist relationship can make going to the dentist a positive experience for you and your child. With our family dentistry practice your child will grow up knowing and trusting their dentist, making routine visits an enjoyable and rewarding experience. As your children grow they will seamlessly transition into the different stages of oral health with Dr. Izadi, Dr. Rafat, and our compassionate staff. Family dentistry offers the comfort of knowing that your dentist knows your entire dental medical background, and can offer you the best in treatment options.

Focus on Pediatric Dental Health

Valley Dental Health offers experienced dental care and knowledge on the specific pediatric dentistry concerns of children of all ages. Routine pediatric dentist visits include teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, diagnostic x-rays, cavity and gingivitis screening and TMJ exams. Valley Dental Health also offers additional pediatric services such as dental sealants, sports mouth guards and tracks wisdom tooth growth as your child ages. Each routine dentist visit your child makes to Valley Dental Health builds a healthier smile for life. Every child is unique, and Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat will help to build a comprehensive dental plan suited to their individual needs.

Hunt Valley Family Dentistry

Valley Dental Health offers personalized attentive care for all of your oral health needs and will set your whole family up for a lifetime of oral health success. Contact our Hunt Valley dentist office, or schedule an online appointment .

Posted in: Baltimore family dentist

Ease Your Fears

The concept of healthy teeth.Anxiety and stress of the dentist can be so debilitating that people refuse to see a dentist about oral health concerns. Some people suffer from intense gag reflex, jaw pain, or severe anxiety, limiting their ability to receive the dental health care they need. Ignoring your oral health can lead to serious medical conditions and lengthy, expensive procedures.

Hunt Valley family dentist Dr. Dr. Roham Rafat is certified in Maryland to administer IV sedation to patients at our Cockeysville dental office. Dr. Rafat offers experienced sedation dentistry services to relax you and alleviate your fears during your dental implant procedure or periodontal treatment.

It is important to note that sedation dentistry is different than local anesthesia. Anesthesia is an injection that blocks pain signals from reaching the brain, resulting in numbness of the area where the anesthetic was administered. Sedation Dentistry is the use of pharmaceuticals to calm your anxiety and stress.

Sedation Methods

Dr. Rafat offers three different sedation dentistry options. Each option works in slightly different ways. All three sedation methods will enable you to feel anxiety and pain free during a procedure, allowing you to receive the oral health care you need.

Oral Sedation-
prescription medication is administered and ingested prior to your visit. You will feel relaxed and at ease while maintaining your consciousness. No needles necessary- and budget friendly. When using oral sedation, it takes about 30-45 minutes for the sedation to set in, it is often recommended you take the oral sedation prior to arriving at the dentist.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)- you will inhale gas through a small cannula placed over the nose, relaxing you while enabling you remain fully alert and responsive. Nitrous oxide is safe and effective and commonly used in dentistry techniques. The gas is only effective while wearing the mask, allowing you to return to your daily routine as soon as the procedure is complete.

IV Sedation- carefully controlled in the office setting and will settle you into a light sleep during your surgery so you won’t feel a thing. IV Sedation is easily controlled and will be expertly administered by a certified Maryland dentist. Because the medication is administered intravenously, it will work almost immediately.. IV Sedation can only be administered by trained and certified dentist like Dr. Rafat.

Sedation Dentistry has proven to be safe and effective. During your dental treatment or procedure, Dr. Rafat and his team monitor you closely to ensure your comfort and safety. Dr. Rafat will analyze your overall health and medical history before recommending IV Sedation for your dental procedure.

If you have additional questions about sedation or your dental procedure, contact our office and we will be glad to assist you.

Posted in: dental anxiety baltimore

Protect Your Investment with Under Armour Mouthwear

Mouthguards are insurance on the investment you make in your children’s healthy smile. With all the time and money we put into making sure our kids have healthy, straight teeth, make sure you secure it! As sports season comes into full swing, it’s time to think about how you’re going to protect that cherished smile, so you both feel confident and safe- ready to focus on the game.

Valley Dental Health in Hunt Valley, MD offers state of the art Under Armour Mouthguards for the professional athlete to the first time little leaguer. As a family practice, Valley Dental offers a comfortable and welcoming environment for all ages. Valley Dental’s partnership with Under Armour ensures that we can provide our clients with the very best in mouthguard technology.

Make mouth guards a healthy habit by having your kid start young. Routine and consistency will make mouthguards a normal part of playing sports, instead of a nuisance. It’s never too early to have your kids start wearing mouthguards, and Valley Dental offers different options for different phases of life.

For High Impact

ArmourBite Mouthguard


The ArmourBite® Mouthguard is ideal for high impact athletes. These mouthguards are conveniently custom molded to fit your mouth by Dr. Izadi at Valley Dental Health in just 15 minutes. These custom molded Under Armour mouthguards have been proven to improve performance. The custom fit relaxes the jaw, opens the airway and reduces stress allowing your athlete to focus on the game, instead of on keeping their mouthguard from falling out. A better fit can also encourage your kids to keep those mouthguards in – so they will be less likely to lose them!

Cost Effective

The ArmourBite® Mouthpiece

The ArmourBite® Mouthpiece is a cost effective option for lower impact sports or for kids who are just starting out in the field. This boil to mold option uses the same ArmourBite® technology as the custom molded Mouthguard, allowing the jaw to rest easy while your young athlete is playing hard.
AB Red Color MG

To make an appointment to get fitted for a custom ArmourBite® Mouthguard today, contact Valley Dental now! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Posted in: Baltimore Cosmetic Dentist

Healthy Smile for A Happy Life

family dentist hunt valley mdOral health care is an important part of maintaining overall health and physical well being. Good oral health benefits not only your smile, but also your daily quality of life. From increased self-confidence and overall wellbeing, a beautiful, healthy smile that you feel good about can transform your visual appearance while improving the health of your mouth and body.

Taking care of your teeth means more than just daily brushing and flossing. The foundation of long term oral health consists of two important factors: daily brushing and flossing, and two preventive care visits per year. Hunt Valley family dentists, Drs. Rafat, Izadi and Williams remind patients of the important role that preventive dental care visits play in not only keeping the teeth and gums healthy, but enabling you to enjoy the best possible quality of life. We offer the comprehensive dental care that you and your family needs to maintain or restore a healthy smile.

Regular oral hygiene, both at home and during visits to Valley Dental Health, helps prevent the development of common dental concerns. The consequences of minimal oral health care can lead to harmful oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, and may require expensive treatments to correct. Poor oral health can also lead to other health risks including heart disease and affect the severity of many systemic diseases such as diabetes.

Valley Dental Health serves patients in Cockeysville, Sparks, Phoenix and many local communities, offering a full range of general dentistry services including routine dental cleanings, preventative care, basic restorative procedures and oral surgery. Our routine dental exams include a thorough evaluation of your mouth, teeth, gums, jaw joints, and other supporting structures. Drs. Rafat, Izadi and Williams will also perform diagnostic x-rays, oral cancer screenings, a bite analysis, and much more. Additionally, Dr. Rafat is a periodontist, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease.

Looking for a family dentist to meet all of your dental health needs in one convenient location? Contact our Hunt Valley dentist office to schedule a dental appointment today.

Posted in: family dentistry, Oral Health, Regular Dental Check Ups Hunt Valley

Family Dental Services For Convenient Dental Care

family dentist sparks mdDental health is important for the whole family. With everything else going on in life, sometimes scheduling or keeping a dentist appointment for you or your child is a challenge. At Valley Dental Health, we offer comprehensive family dentistry serving Cockeysville, Sparks and surrounding areas. We provide general, restorative and cosmetic services for patients of all ages, including children’s dental services.

Family dentistry can be beneficial in many ways for today’s busy schedules and allows for the entire family to be treated at the same location. Valley Dental Health is able to provide services from routine preventative care to complex dental concerns, such as gum disease.

While a visit to the dentist may not seem as important as visiting your family doctor, your family’s oral health is a critical component to overall health and well being- a healthy smile supports your best possible quality of life. Good oral hygiene can be instilled in children early on with routine dental care and at home oral hygiene routines including daily brushing and flossing. Preventative care visits provide us the opportunity to spot dental concerns in the early stages and to offer personalized oral hygiene advice to keep your smile healthy between visits. Early visits can be extremely important for laying down the foundation for lifelong dental health.

As family dentists, Drs. Rafat, Izadi and Williams offer pediatric dental services, including preventative care, dental sealants and fluoride treatments for growing teeth. Valley Dental Health also offers custom sport mouth guards to protect teeth during physical activity.

Valley Dental Health is a partner in your family’s oral health care. Our dentistry is built on personalized, patient focused care. Our dentists will take time to understand your oral health, person concerns and goals when it comes to your smile.

Serving the Hunt Valley community, Valley Dental Health can eliminate multiple trips and see your whole family under one roof. Valley Dental Health accepts most dental insurance plans and files your claim at the time of the visit.

Summer is a great time to schedule preventative care exams for the whole family. Contact our Hunt Valley office to schedule your appointments today!

Posted in: Baltimore family dentist, childrens dentist baltimore area, family dentistry