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 office. While many dentists restore dental implants, Dr. Rafat offers complete treatment from the surgical placement of the implant through the cosmetic restoration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer the most natural replacement for missing teeth. Dental implants are a secure and natural-looking option. Patients who have dental implants can enjoy their favorite foods and activities without worrying about slippage or losing a denture.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth. Dental implants can be used to support a complete or partial denture for a more stable restoration of an entire set of missing teeth.
The Dental Implant Process
For most patients, the dental implant procedure involves two parts:
- Placement of the implant – The first step is the surgical placement of the dental implant. A dental implant actually replaces the root of the missing tooth. Through the process of osseointegration, the dental implant fuses to form a stable bond to the bone.
- Dental Implant Restoration – The second part of the dental implant procedure involves the implant restoration. The dentist will uncover the dental implant and attach an abutment. The replacement tooth or teeth will be attached to the abutment to restore beauty and function. For a single missing tooth, the dentist will use a dental crown. For multiple missing teeth, Dr. Rafat may use a dental bridge or denture.
Dental Implant FAQs
Are Dental Implants painful?
Dental implants are a surprisingly comfortable procedure. We offer a full range of sedation dentistry options to make sure that you are as relaxed and comfortable as possible throughout your treatment.
How much do Dental Implants cost?
Dental implants are a significant investment. 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. In addition, dental implants can provide a much higher quality of life.
Your dental insurance may cover part of the cost for dental implants. We accept most dental insurance and will contact your provider to check your benefits. Valley Dental Health also offers affordable financing options through CareCredit.
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.