Dear friends, colleagues, patients and others in our human community –

I do hope this letter finds you well amidst the present turmoil.  It is true that the threat of this viral invader is very real, and we must take significant action to protect all members of our society.  This being the case, please remember that the combined intelligence, ingenuity and integrity of the human spirit is far superior to that of any foreign contagion.   We will get through this together, especially if we cooperate in careful consideration, thoughtful communication, and diligent action.

Please understand and know that this practice intends to be open while meeting or exceeding all guidelines recently set forth by the CDC and the Governor’s Office to control the spread of this virus, particularly as it may pertain to the delivery of dental care.  Our exact protocols are available in a separate document. We fully appreciate that many of the patients cared for in our setting are among those at most risk for poor outcomes, if they did contract the illness.  And thus in response and until further notice, we will be providing 100% private prosthodontic care only for those patients qualifying for emergency or urgent treatment.  This means that any patient seen in this office will be the only patient in the building, and will have absolutely no contact or potential of contact with another patient.  Between patients, all standard and additional recommended disinfection and sterilization procedures will be implemented for treatment and common areas.  

At this time, we are specifically evaluating each patient’s unique circumstances in regard to the new guidelines, planned appointments and care, as well as timing and urgency.  We will be contacting every patient on our current schedule to discuss these particulars, working together with each to achieve the optimal resolution. We look forward to that progress.

In closing, please know that we take this pandemic, as well as the responsibility to provide safe and exceptional dental care, very seriously.  With that understanding, it is also known to medical science that happy patients, or those in a better emotional state, are more resistant to illness and respond better to therapy.   Please take care of yourself both physically and mentally. We wish you peace and all our best.  

With Sincerity, 

C. Scott Schmitt, DMD MS

Replace One to Three Missing Teeth with a Dental Bridge

Tooth loss is not only embarrassing, but can make it difficult to eat or speak clearly. Replacing one or missing teeth with a dental bridge can restore normal function and a natural-looking appearance to your smile.

Dr. C. Scott Schmitt is a prosthodontist who is dedicated to detail-oriented care that improves his patients' oral health and allows them to smile confidently. He has completed extensive training, allowing him to provide both traditional and implant-supported dental bridges at his Altamonte Springs, FL, practice.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge consists of pontics, or false teeth, which are supported by dental crowns placed over the teeth on either side of the gap. 

While a traditional bridge is a more affordable and less invasive treatment, an implant-supported bridge is highly recommended as it provides unparalleled health benefits by protecting against jawbone atrophy. This restorative option is anchored by dental implants which are surgically fused with your jawbone, preserving the structure of your surrounding teeth.

Regardless of which option you choose, however, a custom restoration usually lasts between five to 15 years. 

Comparison of traditional and implant-supported bridges

Traditional bridges attach to your natural teeth while implant-supported bridges connect to dental implants in your jaw. 

What to Expect

Typically, your doctor will require two appointments to design and place your dental bridge.

Traditional Bridges

During your first appointment, Dr. Schmitt will prepare your bite for the restoration. First, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the treatment area. He will then begin by removing some of the enamel on both of the teeth that will be receiving dental crowns in order to ensure that the restoration fits comfortably into your smile. Dental impressions will then be taken of your bite which will be sent to a trusted lab where a skilled technician will fabricate your custom bridge. This process usually takes several weeks. 

As a specialist extensively trained in repairing and replacing teeth, Dr. Schmitt can provide precise, long-lasting restorative solutions.

Once your restoration is complete and has been sent back to the office, you can come back for your second appointment to have the bridge placed. Dr. Schmitt will check the fit of your bridge to ensure it is comfortable and functions properly within your bite. If small changes are needed, he can make them at the office and then cement the restoration in place. 

Implant-Supported Bridges

If you choose to receive an implant-supported restoration, Dr. Schmitt will first need to perform your dental implant surgery. You will then need to allow the implants to fully heal for about four to six months. You will then return for dental bridge placement. 

Affording Treatment

If the cost of surgery has made you hesitate to get an implant-supported bridge, our financing options can help make treatment more affordable, including:

  • Third party financing through CareCredit®, Citi Health Card, or LendingClub®
  • Major credit cards such as Accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX
  • A five percent treatment discount for prepaid services over $5,000

Our team can also help you file your insurance claim.

Specialized Care

As a specialist extensively trained in repairing and replacing teeth, Dr. Schmitt can provide precise, long-lasting restorative solutions. To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact us online or call us at (407) 478-4960. Dr. Schitt and his team are genuinely invested in your oral health and will help you find the best treatment for your needs. 

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