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What Are Dental Implants Hunt Valley MD

What Are Dental ImplantsAn Overview

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A dental implant is made up of 3 parts; the implant post, the abutment, and the prosthetic tooth. Dr. Roham Rafat is one of the most highly trained periodontists in the Hunt Valley, MD area and can perform every phase of the dental implant process.

The benefits of dental implants are endless when compared to other missing teeth options. A dental implant functions like a natural tooth, enabling patients to enjoy normal speech and a healthy diet without restrictions.

A permanent and durable treatment option for missing teeth, dental implants support bone regeneration, healthy gums, and overall oral health. Dental implants are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. With proper dental care and good oral hygiene, a dental implant can last a lifetime.

Parts of the Dental Implant

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Prosthetic Tooth

The prosthetic tooth can be a dental crown for a single missing tooth. The dental crown is typically cemented or screwed on to the abutment. A dental bridge or denture will be used for multiple missing teeth.

They can be secured to the abutment by simply snapping them in to place. The prosthetic tooth is the part that will look like a tooth (teeth) and will be color matched to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.


This is a small part that connects to the implant post. Dr. Rafat will connect the abutment to the implant post after it has fully fused to the bone. It usually takes around 3-6 months for it to fuse. The abutment will screw right on to the implant post and will sit right at the gum line. This part will support the dental prosthesis.

Implant Post

This is the bottom part of the dental implant that is surgically embedded into your jaw bone, below the gum line. It is cylinder shaped and resembles a screw. It’s made up of bio-compatible titanium that will eventually fuse to the jaw bone creating a permanent and secure bond.

This titanium post will act as the tooth root. Dr. Rafat will surgically place this bio-compatible titanium post at his dental office in Hunt Valley, MD.


My implant crown unexpectedly popped off last yesterday afternoon and I called my usual dentist only to find out they no longer accept my insurance. I asked around work and Dr. Izadi was recommended so I called immediately since she was right around the corner. I explained my situation and…Lauren R.
Friendly, professional, personable staff in a fantastic location with an amazing waiting room. Not your typical dentist.Adam B.
I love them! By far the best dental office I have ever been to. Very thoughtful and thorough in all aspects.Jessica W.
For the first time, I can sincerely say I enjoyed my dental visit. The office atmosphere is very welcoming as well as the staff. There was no wait outside of the few minutes it took to complete my paperwork. More than anything I appreciated how vocal the staff was once…C. Thompson

What Are Dental Implants What to Expect

The Dental Implant Process

The procedure for dental implants requires multiple visits over several months. Dr. Rafat has the training and expertise to offer full services for dental implants with all phases being performed at his Hunt Valley, MD dentist office.

After the comprehensive evaluation, he will create a personalized treatment plan.

Placing the Implant Post – Dr. Rafat will surgically place the dental implant into the bone. The implant post will need 3-6 months to heal and integrate with the natural bone. Depending on your case and the position of the missing tooth or teeth, a temporary crown may be placed in the mouth while the implant heals.

Restoring the Dental Implant – While the dental implant is healing, your dental crown, denture, or bridge will be fabricated at a dental laboratory according to Dr. Rafat’s specifications.

Once the dental implant has fully fused with your jaw bone, Dr. Rafat will attach the abutment to the implant post and then attach the prosthetic tooth to the abutment.

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Why choose Valley Dental Health?

Valley Dental Health is your dental home for comprehensive general, restorative and cosmetic treatments and procedures. Our Cockeysville dentist office serves patients and families from many local communities including Hunt Valley, Phoenix, Sparks, and Lutherville. Led by Dr. Roham Rafat and Dr. Ashley Izadi, our team is committed to your oral health and cosmetic goals. We want you to enjoy the benefits of a smile that feels as good as it looks.

Dr. Rafat is also a periodontist and offers complete services for tooth replacement with dental implants. We are one of few local dentist offices offering IV sedation for your complete comfort during your treatment. Dr. Rafat works with all patients to ensure that they maintain healthy gums, which play an important role in keeping your smile stable and lasting.

We welcome new patients of all ages and look forward to providing personalized dental care for your unique needs and goals.