Dental BridgesAn Overview
Today’s dentistry has evolved into a number of specialized fields that can address almost any dental health problem and help patients keep their natural teeth in good health for a lifetime.
Dental bridges are one of the treatment options we offer for the replacement of missing teeth. Dr. Roham Rafat is a trained specialist in periodontics and perio-prosthodontics. We are one of the most qualified dentists in the Hunt Valley area for advanced restorative dental procedures.
In simple terms, a dental bridge is a series of artificial teeth. It is attached to existing teeth using crowns, or to dental implants. A dental bridge may be used to replace one or more missing teeth and can either be removable or fixed. Dental bridges can last from five to fifteen years when prepared and maintained properly.
Alternative Restorative Procedures:
Restorative procedures can repair and strengthen a damaged tooth, avoiding the need for a tooth extraction. It is always in the best interest of a patient to keep their natural teeth as this also supports a healthy bite: losing a tooth can lead to bone loss in the jaw and shifting of other teeth which can disrupt the natural function of the bite.
At Valley Dental Health, we offer restorative dentistry to Baltimore County residents. We have extensive post graduate education in the treatment of complex dental problems. Both Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat have been selected as Baltimore Top Dentists, and volunteer their time to serve on the faculty of the University of Maryland Dental School.
Restorative dentistry can also replace a tooth that is missing or too damaged to repair. Valley Dental Health offers dental implants and dental bridges for patients who have lost a tooth. Dental implants offer the most comfortable, natural looking and functioning results and can also help to stabilize bone loss because of the implanted post that fuses with the bone and becomes a natural part of a patient’s occlusal system.
Dental crowns: a dental crown is often used to repair a damaged or decayed tooth, providing a “cap” that will strengthen and secure the tooth;
Dental veneers: also used for cosmetic changes, veneers can also be used to repair minor tooth damage and maintain the integrity of a natural tooth;
Dental implants: often considered the best long term option for replacing missing teeth, implants function much like a natural tooth.
Modern dentistry emphasizes the importance of supporting the health of our natural teeth with preventive care and restorative procedures.