WASHINGTON, DC, March 16, 2013 - My name is Dr Ali Reza Forghani, and I currently run the Modern Smiles Dental Practice in Rockville, Maryland. I graduated from New York University College of Dentistry, after receiving my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. My aim is to provide comprehensive dental care for all of my patients, and I believe that education and the use of modern methods and technologies is the best way to achieve this.
Dentistry has changed quite significantly since I was growing up. When I was a child, most people went to the dentist only when they were in pain, and most often the dentist’s treatment would be to remove anything that was hurting.
Often going to the dentist also caused pain. As I child, I remember complaining about the pain of a procedure and the dentist doubting me because he had injected me with “enough novicane.”
Modern dentistry allows us to get rid of old stigmas – and discomfort – and operate as a more personal dental boutique, catering to the patients’ needs. Comfort is one of our top priorities.
Modern dentistry is no longer only about removing teeth; modern advancements such as implants allow us to restore “bad” teeth rather than extracting them and replacing them with removable dentures.
Dental implants are the latest method of replacing missing teeth. Believe it or not, dental implants have been around since the 60’s, and as a result, the methods and placement have become very predictable and successful. The basic treatment involves the insertion of a titanium “screw” into the bone onto which an abutment (which serves as a bridge between the implant and final crown) and then the final crown is placed on top of that. Initially when the implants are placed there is a healing period of about 4 to 6 months in which osseointegration or fusion of bone and implant occurs. This union ensures that your implant is held securely in place and it allows the dentist to then restore the implant once the implant is deemed ready. The entire process could take up to 7 months from start to completion.
Modern dentistry, however, is not just about the treatment methods; patient comfort is equally as important. Many dentists design their consulting rooms to help their patients to relax as much as possible, using plush couches and large television screens that distract and allow the patient to feel more comfortable. The modern dental team meets the needs of the patients as much as possible. They will check to ensure you are comfortable throughout the entire appointment, whichever procedure is being carried out, and you should be able to stop them at any time if you feel that you need a brief rest.
Regular check-ups of your teeth and oral health are important, and should be done at least twice a year.
In the run up to World Oral Health Day, on March 20th, I would like to urge everyone to visit their dentist on a regular basis, as this is the best way to maintain oral health. Check-ups and professional cleaning of the teeth help to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar, which over time can lead to tooth decay. This is a preventative approach to dental care, designed to reduce the need for more extensive treatment.
In this column, I will be addressing a different dental topic each time, and if you have any questions, or subjects that you would like to see covered, please email to let me know.
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