February 12, 2021

 

Dear Valued Patients,

 

Serving you for 26 years has transformed me and my profession as a dentist. For this, I feel honored to serve each of you in managing your dental health. It is time for me to pass the baton. I am privileged to pass the dental practice that I hold in my heart, Aesthetic and General Dentistry, to Dr. Peter Kelly, a qualified and knowledgeable dentist with a myriad of talents and experience.

 

I will still be here to offer my services in the next few months, to assist Dr. Kelly and his partners in this transition. I am also happy to inform you that our entire outstanding dental team will remain with Dr. Kelly. I have confidence that Dr. Kelly will continue the practice’s mission of providing excellent dental care.

 

Thank you so much for all the experience in becoming a better dentist to you. My personal journey is taking me along another pathway. I will remember you, the relationship, and the memories.

 

With best wishes and deep gratitude,

 

Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD

Implant-Supported Bridges

Traditional bridges require extensive removal of healthy dental tissue, and are unable to stop the jaw atrophy that follows tooth loss.

Implant-supported bridges placed by Dr. Alfredo Gapuz are a solution that can help you retain healthy dental tissue and jawbone density.

Can this solution help me?

If you are missing several consecutive teeth, an implant-supported bridge can restore your smile and oral health. Like a traditional bridge, this type of restoration is custom-designed to fit comfortably in the gap left by missing teeth. In contrast to standard bridges, implant-supported bridges are not attached to the adjacent teeth. Instead, these restorations are connected to implant posts which are surgically placed in your jawbone. 

Dr. Alfredo Gapuz performs every stage of implant dentistry in his Orlando, FL, office. We are proud to offer patient financing through CareCredit® and Wells Fargo Health Advantage®. While we work hard to keep our costs as low as possible, these flexible payment options can help with any out-of-pocket expenses and make treatment more affordable on any budget.

Illustration comparing traditional and implant-supported bridges
If you are missing several consecutive teeth, an implant-supported bridge can restore your smile and oral health. 

Candidates for Implant-Supported Bridges

An implant-supported bridge may be recommended if you are missing two or more teeth in a row. Dr. Gapuz will thoroughly examine your smile to determine your candidacy before recommending this type of restoration. Dental implants require a certain degree of bone density for lasting support. If your jaw has begun to recede, the dentist may recommend a bone graft to reverse the process and provide a suitable foundation for the implant posts. In cases of severe bone deterioration, he may suggest a different type of restoration. 

What to Expect from the Procedure

Dr. Gapuz carefully plans each procedure in advance. Taking into account your health needs and the shape of your jaw, he can ensure a safe procedure with minimal discomfort. He will use x-rays and digital scans of your jaw to obtain a comprehensive view of your mouth and to find the strongest locations to place the implants. We can provide you with sedation to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.

If your jaw has begun to recede, the dentist may recommend a bone graft to reverse the process and provide a suitable foundation for the implant posts.

Dr. Gapuz will create small incisions in your gums to gain access to the jawbone. Typically, bridges will require two implant posts, but larger restorations may require more. As your bone heals, the implants will permanently integrate with your jaw. Dr. Gapuz will place a temporary restoration to wear as you are healing, and when the integration process is complete, he will attach your permanent bridge. 

The Cost of an Implant-Supported Bridge

There is no fixed cost for an implant-supported bridge because the treatment is so highly personalized. Your final total will depend on several considerations, including the size of your bridge and the number of supporting implants. Your choice of sedation, the restorative material, and any preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting, will also affect the total cost of your care.

At Aesthetic and General Dentistry, we provide the most reasonably priced treatment possible while still using high-quality materials and advanced medical techniques. We also offer CareCredit and Wells Fargo Health Advantage financing. There are various repayment schedules to choose from, including plans with fixed and low-interest rates. Our team can help explain the different plans and assist you in applying for financing.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Learn more about the benefits of implant-supported bridges and find out if this treatment may be the right choice for you. Contact our office online or call (407) 251-5100 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Gapuz

Aesthetic and General Dentistry

Dr. Alfredo Gapuz was recently recognized in local publications as an Orlando Dentist of the Year and as a 2019 Top Dentist. He holds several other distinctions, such as:

  • Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Fellow of the Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics

To schedule your consultation at our Orlando office, contact us online or call us at (407) 251-5100.

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