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Dental Implants

Missing teeth can leave you unhappy with how your smile looks, as well as cause a host of oral health issues if left untreated.

Tired of hiding your smile because of missing teeth? Dental implants do more than just restore your teeth: they support your overall health.

Learn how dental implants from Family Dentistry & Prosthodontic in Merritt Island, FL, can give you something to smile about.

Don't Live With the Effects of Tooth Loss Call our Merritt Island, FL, dental practice today!

Not only can tooth loss be embarrassing, but it can also impact your ability to eat and speak properly, which can affect your overall health and diet. Fortunately, you don't have to suffer because of missing teeth. Using advanced, state-of-the-art technology, our dentists in Merritt Island can accurately diagnose and treat your oral health issues and give you a beautiful and fully functioning smile with implants.

Whether you are missing a single tooth or all of your teeth, our team is here to help you with custom treatment options to fit your unique dental needs with implants and custom restorations that look just like natural teeth. Don't live life with limited oral function. Call us or reach out to us online today.

"The staff was friendly and upbeat. It helped to ease my anxiety about going to a new dentist. They worked me into their schedule quickly as I had a minor dental emergency. Dr. Wilkhu was friendly and informative. He wasn't able to help with my problem because I needed an oral surgeon, but he recommended one to me." Cindy Ries

The Extraordinary Benefits of Dental Implants 

The most advanced dental restoration is no substitute for your natural teeth, but an implant-supported restoration is the next best option. With proper care, an implant can provide a lifetime of benefits.

Boosted Oral Health

Implants act as bionic tooth roots by providing the necessary signals to your jawbone, stopping further atrophy, and restoring your dental health. Implants are titanium or ceramic posts to which a restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture are directly anchored to your jawbone so that you can enjoy a fully functional, symmetrical smile.


Increased Stability

Dental implants are constructed of advanced materials such as titanium and medical-grade ceramic to give your new implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture unmatched stability. Furthermore, because they are anchored directly into the jaw, there is a reduced risk of unexpected sliding or shifting. 

Preserve Jawbone Density

Losing teeth can have a significant impact on your appearance due to weakened bone tissue. The roots of a tooth stimulate the jaw in a way that maintains bone density. Without them, the jaw can begin to deteriorate and lead to a sunken facial appearance. Implants are the only dental treatment that can halt and even reverse this side effect of tooth loss.

Improved Self-Esteem

Missing teeth leave gaps in your smile and can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. After implant placement, we can provide a stunning restoration such as a crown, denture, or bridge that is indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Patients can enjoy all the benefits of dental implants while feeling confident about their smiles.

Unmatched Bone Saving Benefits

Implants are the only proven treatment option to stop and prevent the bone loss that occurs with even a single missing tooth. In some cases, it can even reverse the effects of tooth loss. Additionally, when you receive implants in a timely manner, you may not require preparatory treatments like bone grafting later. Made of high-quality materials like titanium, implants can last you a lifetime when cared for properly, making them a worthwhile investment in your oral health.

Untreated Tooth Loss Can Lead to Further Complications

If you have lost a single tooth or multiple teeth as a result of periodontal disease, facial trauma, or tooth decay, you may be at risk of future oral health complications. Missing teeth can also cause serious overall health concerns such as poor diet and malnutrition.

To help patients regain the health and aesthetics of their smiles, Dr. Wilkhu, Dr. Cork, and Dr. Schmid can place and restore dental implants at our dental office in Merritt Island, FL

Illustration of a dental implant.
Dental implants consist of three parts: an implant, an abutment, and a custom restoration.

A Dentistry Practice Dedicated to Your Smile

Are you ready to dramatically improve the form and function of your smile while enhancing your quality of life with dental implants? Whatever your dental needs may be, our team prides itself on offering life-changing solutions.

Whether you need to replace a missing tooth with a crown, a few adjacent teeth with a bridge, or an entire arch with an implant-supported denture, our dentists can help restore your smile.

To learn more about how we can restore your dental health with the help of dental implants, request a consultation at our Merritt Island, FL, office today by contacting us online or by calling:

(321) 459-2444

"​The best dentist I have ever been to"


Donna Jewett


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Dr Wilkhu is the best Dentist I have ever been to. From the office staff to the hygenists to the Dentist and his assistants they are all top notch. I went to Dr Wilkhu after having a bad experience with another dentist. Dr Wilkhu had done a great job for my mother and his reviews were great so I thought I would give him a try. I have been going to him for about three years now and even if I move out of state I will come back to see Dr Wilkhu. Not only is he a great Dentist but he is as close to painless as you can get.

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Shanapa Fastzkie


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I have been to Dr. Wilkhu for a  few years. I felt so comfortable walked in to his practice office and warm welcome greeting by Brandy. He is easy to talked to and understand what I need. His office is very clean and easy to get in and out so if anyone looking for a new Dr. He will be a perfect one.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Good Overall Health

Patients must be in good overall health to qualify for implants. Certain medical conditions such as uncontrolled autoimmune disorders can increase the risk of complications. Patients must also have good oral health and be committed to following an at-home dental care routine and attending regular checkups with our Merritt Island, FL, dentists.

Jawbone Density

Dental implants require a strong, sturdy foundation to ensure the best results. Patients with a compromised jawbone may need a bone graft before qualifying for implants. This bone graft will strengthen your jawbone and allow for a successful implant procedure.

No Periodontal Disease

Healthy gums are key when it comes to dental implants. Any signs of gum disease must be addressed and resolved before starting the implant process. Fortunately, our dentists can provide you with a variety of solutions to treat gum disease.


Smoking increases the risk of implant failure and can compromise the healing process. Patients must quit several months in advance before being considered for dental implants. For the best results, you should plan to quit for good.

A Dental Office Designed for Comfort

Nitrous Oxide

While we have a 98% success rate for dental implants, we understand that the procedure may make some patients nervous. We offer safe and effective nitrous oxide sedation to induce a state of calmness and relaxation. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide involves wearing a mask during treatment and the effects wear off as soon as the implant procedure is over.


We strive to make your dental visit as enjoyable as possible. We have Netflix in every treatment room and headphones so you can dive into your favorite shows. If there's anything we can do to make your visit more pleasant, our staff is more than happy to try to accommodate.

Advanced Technology and Techniques

For patients in Merritt Island, FL, living with the challenges of a missing tooth, Family Dentistry & Prosthodontics can provide solutions to even the most complex cases with the help of an implant-supported restoration. Our office features state-of-the-art technology not found in other practices in the area in order to provide our patients with the best dental care available.

Advanced tools such as cone beam imaging allow our dentists to place guided implants. The resulting higher degree of accuracy leads to a higher success rate. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with optimal oral health. For patients affected by the detrimental effects of tooth loss, there is no better treatment than dental implants.

"Truly blessed to have found this team!"


Leah Nichols


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I have been going to Dr. Wilkhu since he started his practice in Merritt Island, taking over from Dr. Thompson. I liked him immediately and have enjoyed watching he and his wife grow their family, and him grow his dental practice. Over the years I have referred my friends to him with the confidence they are getting a good dentist. I continue to do that today. I just went again yesterday and don’t know why, but I am still impressed with how skilled he is at his craft. It is and always has been a pleasure to visit his office because the staff and assistants are all so good and friendly.

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Brenda Cox


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How can I say this .. Wow I was truly blessed to have found this team! The atmosphere there, the music playing in the background, the positive energy and their dedication to the client and approaching each issue very professionally was just so reassuring. I left there after 2 hours and I felt relaxed rather than stressed. I am going back soon and I will be calm and collected and I trust that it will go well!!

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Take a Look at the Dental Implant Process

Dental implants are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. A single missing tooth can be replaced with a dental implant that supports a dental crown. The abutment is secured to the restoration, firmly holding it in place so the patient doesn't have to worry about it coming loose. They can then enjoy restored dental function, improved aesthetics, and preserved jawbone density.

Worried About the Cost of Treatment? Ask Us About Financing

Our dentistry practice in Merritt Island strives to give patients the care they need, when they need it. Though they may contribute to the cost of your restoration or preparatory procedures like tooth extraction, basic insurance plans do not contribute to the cost of dental implants. Don't worry - we can help make this life-changing procedure a comfortable fit for your budget.

We offer financing through CareCredit®, a third-party lender that allows you to make low-interest and interest-free monthly payments. We encourage you to request a consultation so our team can help guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. To get started, fill out our online form or call our Merritt Island practice at:

(321) 459-2444

How Long Do Dental Implants Take? A Look at the Dental Implant Process

From planning to the placement of your final restoration, the implant process spans several months. Any preparatory procedures such as bone grafting will extend the treatment timeline.
Implants can dramatically improve the form and function of your smile while enhancing your quality of life.
Implants can dramatically improve the form and function of your smile while enhancing your quality of life.

Initial Consultation

To determine your candidacy for dental implants, our dentists will determine the complexity of your case at our Merritt Island practice. Any underlying dental issues like gum disease or low bone density in your jawbone may require treatment before implants can be placed.

First Surgery

Small incisions will be made in your gums to place your dental implants. Once your implants are securely in place, we will suture your gums together and instruct you on how to care for your implants to ensure healthy, efficient healing.

First Healing Period

Over the next four to six months, your implants will fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. This process is known as osseointegration and is vital to the long-term stability and success of your implants.

Abutment Placement

A small connector called an abutment is used to attach your restoration to the implant in your jawbone. During a second surgery, the abutment is connected to your dental implant.

Second Healing Period

After your second surgery, your gums will heal around the abutment. This generally takes far less time than the initial healing period, but can take 12 to 16 weeks.

Attachment of Final Restoration

Once your implants have fully fused to your jawbone, our dentist will place your final crown, bridge, or denture to the implant abutment so you can enjoy the benefits of your newly restored smile.

We Can Help You Through Every Stage of the Implant Process

When you choose Family Dentistry & Prosthodontics, you can rest assured that we will guide you through the entire implant process. We can handle every stage of your treatment and provide you with comprehensive dental care, so you don't have to visit multiple specialists.

Our dentists can perform preparatory treatments like bone grafting and tooth extractions to prepare you for your surgery. We can then place Nobel Biocare™ or Hiossen® implants, which are among the finest dental implants available. After your treatment, our dentists can create lifelike restorations that are color-matched to your teeth, so you can smile confidently.

Frequently Asked Questions

Aren't traditional restorations cheaper than implants?

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Initially, yes; however, it is important to remember that even a single missing tooth can cause the jawbone to deteriorate, which can then require treatments like bone grafting to correct, adding to your overall cost. Investing in dental implants now can save you time and money later. It is also important to note that implants provide other benefits such as stability. For example, traditional dentures rely on adhesives to remain in place, causing them to occasionally slip while eating or speaking. There are no risks of slipping with implant-supported dentures.

Is implant placement painful?

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During placement, you will receive local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout your procedure. We can even provide nitrous oxide if you're anxious about dental work. Because it is a surgical procedure, you can expect some discomfort following your surgery, but this can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication and other comfort measures. If you experience pain that cannot be managed at home, please call our Merritt Island, FL, dental practice so we can address it immediately. Once you are healed, your implants and restoration will look and feel just like natural teeth.

"The most genuine dentist"


Karen Hrkach


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Best local dentist in Merritt Island, Florida. Extremely friendly and family oriented practice. Dr. Wilkhu and staff are top notch and have been going to them for years. Thank you all for taking great care of your patients throughout the years! You guys are the best!

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Michael Ervin

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Always clean and professional. The wait is almost never from you scheduled time.only thing I could say is they cycle through hygienist all the time.l, so you don't create a relationship with them. The dental is only with you for 5 min.

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Dr. Chan Wilkhu

Family Dentistry & Prosthodontics

Our team of friendly dental professionals can help you and your family enjoy beautiful, healthy smiles for years to come. Our dentists are members of a number of professional associations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • International Dental Implant Association

To schedule a consultation at our Merritt Island, FL, office contact us online or call (321) 459-2444.

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