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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 Chan Wilkhu, DMD, PA, in Merritt Island, FL, can give you something to smile about...

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. 

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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 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.

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. Chan Wilkhu and Dr. Mark Moffitt 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 help restore your dental health with the help of dental implants, schedule 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."

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Donna Jewett

2020

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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

2020

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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.

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.

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.

Non-Smoker

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.

Amenities

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, the dentistry practice of Chan Wilkhu, DMD, PA, 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 in turn 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!"

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Leah Nichols

2021

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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

2021

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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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Dental Implants

A Range of Restoration Options


When you choose Chan Wilkhu, DMD, PA, in Merritt Island, you can rest assured that we will assess the health of your smile before planning for your dental implant procedure. Our dentists will use state-of-the-art technology and the latest innovative techniques to determine the condition of your oral health so that we can offer you the best dental care to suit your needs. We use Nobel Biocare® and Hiossen implants, which are among the finest dental implants available. 

Depending on the state of your natural teeth and gums, you may need a bone graft to support an implant if you have suffered severe bone loss in your jaw. If you are suffering from low bone density and you are missing an entire dental arch, All-on-4® implants may be a viable option. This method of placement can support a lifelike denture with unparalleled stability without the need for a bone graft in certain cases.

In most cases, we can place and restore your dental implants, helping you receive comprehensive treatment in one office without having to visit multiple specialists during the treatment stages. For added aesthetics, our dentists can also customize your materials and abutments with tooth-colored ceramic options.

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Our Merritt Island doctors can provide all stages of your dental implants treatment in-office.

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. Basic insurance plans do not contribute to the cost of dental implants, but 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 book 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

Take a Look at the Dental Implant Process

How Long Do Dental Implants Take?

From planning to the placement of your final restoration, the implant process spans several months. Any preparatory procedures such as a bone graft will extend the treatment timeline.

Initial Consultation

To determine your candidacy for dental implants, Dr. Wilkhu or Dr. Moffitt will determine the complexity of your case at our Merritt Island practice. Factors such as any underlying dental issues such as 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 longterm 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 placed to your now fused dental implant.

Second Healing Period

After your second surgery, your gums heal around the abutment. This generally takes far less time than the initial healing period but can take twelve to sixteen 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 that you can enjoy the benefits of your newly restored smile.

"The Most Genuine Dentist."

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Karen Hrkach

2021

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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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Amy Fiorenza

2021

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I’ve been going to Dr. Moffitt’s office for over ten years. He is the the most genuine Dentist on the space coast. His staff, is phenomenal and take care of you and all your needs. Highly recommended!!

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Dr. Chan Wilkhu and Dr. Mark Moffitt

Chan Wilkhu DMD & Mark Moffitt DMD

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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