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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...

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How Do Dental Implants Improve Your Health?

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. 

Restored Appearance

Losing teeth can have a significant impact upon your appearance and not simply because of the gap in your smile. The roots of a tooth provide essential signals to the bone tissue in your jaw to keep it strong. Without these signals, your jawbone can begin to deteriorate. As this atrophy continues, it can cause your surrounding teeth to shift, which can lead to further tooth loss. Left untreated, this can leave your face looking sunken and aged. Because dental implants can halt and even reverse this process, patients may be able to restore their appearance, as well. 

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

Dramatically improve the form and function of your smile while enhancing your quality of life with dental implants from our Merritt Island, FL, dentistry office. Our friendly team will happily help with filing your insurance company paperwork and we accept CareCredit® to help you finance the cost of treatment.

Whatever your dental needs, our team prides itself on offering solutions. Whether you need to replace a single 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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Advanced Technology & 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.

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 smile 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 doctors can provide all stages of your dental implants treatment in-office.

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Kristi Denton

2020

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Very professional and accommodating.

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sam talluto

2020

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Great new clean facility.  The staff and DMDs are top notch and would recommend to anyone looking for a dentist.

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How Long Do Dental Implants Take?

"From planning to the placement of your final restoration, the implant process spans several months." Chan Wilkhu, DMD, PA
"From planning to the placement of your final restoration, the implant process spans several months." Chan Wilkhu, DMD, PA

Initial Consultation

To determine your candidacy for dental implants, Dr. Wilkhu or Dr. Moffitt will determine the complexity of your case. 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.
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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