Dr. Michel Furtado obtained his dental degree in Brazil in 2003. After two years in private general practice, he completed his Master of Science degree at the University of Toronto. Dr. Furtado’s academic work has been presented at national and international Conferences and culminated with the licensing of a patent on the formulation of a gel for the controlled release of antimicrobials to be used in periodontal surgery.
He co-authored a book chapter on the role of implant surface topography in immediate implant loading and published 11 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Clinical Oral Implants Research, Biomaterials, Clinical Advances in Periodontics, and Dental Materials.
In 2013, Dr. Furtado completed his specialty residency in Periodontics and Masters in Dental Science at the University of Connecticut. During his time at UConn, Dr. Furtado received the Auxiliary Scholarship Award, a great honor given to the top residents among all specialty programs. In addition, Dr. Furtado’s clinical research was selected as one of the four finalists at the prestigious American Academy of Periodontology Orban Competition.
After residency, Dr. Furtado obtained the distinction of Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology as a Board-Certified Periodontist. He co-authored the third edition of “The Ultimate Mouth Manual.” He practices with Drs. Lee and Matthew Sheldon in Melbourne, Florida.
Dr. Michel Furtado is well-equipped and fully trained to perform the various types of advanced procedures done with implants. He can place implants for single tooth replacement, multiple tooth replacement, snaps to support dentures, or complete fixed-in teeth. And because of his experience, he knows which implants will work best for your particular situation. While he has used top-line titanium alloy implants for years, he is one of only a very few surgeons in the southeast placing the all-ceramic dental implant.
Whether it is full-mouth rehabilitation, which can include the latest all-ceramic Solid Bite Premium bridge — down to denture stabilization using snap-type attachments to the denture — you can have the entire procedure from planning to surgery to final tooth restorations all done under one roof.
Our office is the only Brevard County provider of the metal-free CeraRoot implants. CeraRoot’s zirconia implants are white in color. CeraRoot is 100 percent ceramic, biocompatible and allergy-free. It is also corrosion-resistant and totally bioinert. We receive referrals from all over Florida for our CeraRoot expertise.
Dr. Furtado has done original research into bone grafting for five years at the University of Toronto. Through his research and training, he utilizes both bone-bank harvested bone as well as the patient’s own bone to increase the volume and stability of the implant site. His state-of-the-art techniques make grafting more comfortable and predictable for you. He also utilizes Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF), derived from your blood, to speed up the healing process.
PRF is a by-product of blood (plasma) that’s rich in growth factors. PRF enables the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a much accelerated rate. The process is done here in the office by one of our phlebotomists and requires minimal blood and is safe since it uses your body’s own resources to speed healing. And since PRF is made from your own tissue, it is 100 percent biocompatible.
Implant surgery is a time-tested, safe procedure and there are not likely to be any issues during the surgery.
After the implant is placed, a temporary restoration can often be placed on top of the implant until the site is ready for the final restoration. On your next visit he’ll use an Osstell implant stability meter to provide objective data on implant attachment to bone. This advanced device helps prevent premature implant loading, and consequent failure, while allowing for earlier implant restoration.
Options for missing teeth with dental implants
Dental implants can give you the ability to chew and smile confidently with lifelike teeth that look completely natural. No longer will you have to worry or be embarrassed about your smile. They’ll feel just like your natural teeth and fit perfectly in your mouth. And you’ll be able to say goodbye to pain, infection and sensitivity.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, many teeth, or even fitted to help secure dental bridges and dentures in place. There are many possible combinations, making implants one of the most flexible ways to replace missing teeth in dentistry today.