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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 including shifting teeth and jawbone atrophy. 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 their office in Merritt Island, FL. Dental implants are made using advanced materials which help your new crowns, bridges, or dentures rest comfortably and securely attached to your jawbone.
Dental implants consist of three parts: an implant, an abutment, and a high-quality custom restoration. Implants are titanium screws which directly anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures to your jawbone to help you enjoy a fully functional, symmetrical smile. While traditional restorations are a better option than leaving missing teeth untreated, implant-supported restorations offer unparalleled support, stability, and aesthetics. With proper care, good oral hygiene, and regular visits to our office, dental implants have very high lifetime success rates.
When assessing the health of your smile and planning the most successful location for your dental implants, we will usually conduct imaging using a 3D cone beam scanner. Based on the condition of your smile, our dentists will determine whether to place your implants or oversee your treatment with a trusted specialist. At our office, we use Nobel Biocare® products, which are among the most advanced dental implant materials available.
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Wilkhu or Dr. Moffitt will assess the complexity of your case, as well as discuss which sedation dentistry option is right for you. For most patients, we can provide nitrous oxide, a fast-acting sedative gas, to help you fall into a relaxed state during your surgery. We can also administer oral sedation. These medications can help you feel relaxed during the procedure and may be appropriate for patients with severe dental anxiety.
During surgery, we will create small incisions in your gums through which 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. Over the next four to six months, your implants should 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.
Dental implants can dramatically improve oral function and enhance your quality of life.
Once your implants have fully fused to your jawbone, we can restore them with crowns, bridges, or dentures. The type of restoration you choose will depend on the number of teeth you are missing, your budget, and your long-term goals. However, all three types of prosthetics offer several benefits over their traditional counterparts.
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.
Dental implants can dramatically improve oral function and enhance your quality of life. Along with helping you file for reimbursement from your insurance company, we also accept CareCredit® to help you finance the cost of treatment. Schedule a consultation today by contacting us online or calling our office at (321) 459-2444.