Dental Implants Asheville, NC

Dental Implants An Overview

Are you missing one or several teeth? Transform your smile with dental implants

Dr. Jody Harrison routinely places dental implants in our Asheville, NC dentist office. Dr. Harrison offers comprehensive treatment planning and periodontal care for patients who are in need of tooth replacement.
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What Are Dental Implants?

There are many ways to replace missing teeth, but dental implants, by far, are the most successful option. Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement solution that not only replaces the tooth root but the visible portion of the tooth as well.

A well placed dental implant can restore your ability to chew, speak, and laugh with comfort and without worry of slippage. Whether your missing one, multiple, or a full mouth of teeth, dental implants can be used to restore your mouth to a more healthy and functional state.

Implant secured restorations offer unparalleled support and stability, which helps restore full function to your smile. They are also designed to preserve your jawbone and encourage regeneration.

Replace One Tooth With Dental Implants: If you are missing one tooth, a single tooth dental implant paired with a dental crown can offer superior results. An implant is designed to fit comfortably and securely in the mouth, providing a long-lasting solution for a missing tooth. This solution looks and functions like a natural tooth.

Replacing Several Teeth With Dental Implants: If you are missing several teeth, an implant-supported dental bridge can replace them all. An implant bridge is anchored to dental implants rather than the neighboring teeth, creating a more stable solution for your missing teeth. This type of solution also preserves more of the natural tooth structure since it does not have to rely on the surrounding teeth for support.

Replacing All Teeth With Dental Implants: For edentulous patients missing a full arch or both arches of missing teeth, implant secured dentures or partials can be the ideal solution for your oral health and aesthetic needs. Traditionally, patients who were missing all of their teeth would receive removable dentures. Although dentures are designed with your specific measurements, they can often slip and over time become inconvenient for many patients. Implant secured dentures eliminate problems like slippage, stabilize and support jawbone growth after tooth loss, and offer patients a long-lasting, stable solution for their missing teeth.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants can replace one or several missing teeth as well as support a dental crown, denture, or dental bridge. They offer several advantages over other traditional tooth replacement solutions, including:

  • Helps prevent further bone loss
  • A permanent and stable solution for missing teeth
  • Long lasting results
  • A naturally functioning solution for one or more missing teeth

Dental Implants What to Expect

Candidacy For Dental Implants

An ideal candidate for dental implants will need to possess these factors:

  • An adequate amount of healthy bone structure.
  • Good oral health
  • Healthy Gums

Not all patients are ideal candidates for the dental implant procedure. In that case, Dr. Harrison may recommend another tooth replacement option or recommend other services to prepare the bone, gums, and mouth for dental implants. Even for patients who were previously told they were not good candidates for dental implants, we may be able to implement one of these key services to build a stable foundation for placing dental implants:

  • Bone Grafting: This helps retain bone shape and volume after a tooth is lost. A successful bone grafting procedure helps strengthen the jaw bone, which allows it to support a dental implant.
  • Ridge Augmentation: Another type of bone grafting procedure that helps widen the bone graft material.
  • Sinus Augmentation: This bone grafting procedure adds bone to the upper jaw in the pre-molar or molar area. Adding bone to the upper jaw helps create height in the sinus area to help support a dental implant.

The Dental Implant Procedure

The dental implant process can be completed in 2-3 visits to our Asheville, NC dentist office, spaced over a period of several months to allow for soft tissue healing. After a thorough examination, Dr. Harrison will create a treatment plan based on your specific health and aesthetic needs.

We use advanced dental technology and method to plan the most appropriate treatment for your dental needs and cosmetic goals. If any service is needed before implementation of the post, Dr. Harrison will perform them in our comfortable Asheville dentist office. Once the bone and gums are prepared, the implants are surgically attached.

During the healing phase, you may be given a temporary restoration to restore temporary aesthetics and function. After the implant has fused with the jaw bone, a custom-designed restoration is permanently secured to the implant.

Dr. Jody Harrison, DDS, MS

Why choose Jody S. Harrison, DDS, MS?

Dr. Jody Harrison is a highly trained and experienced periodontist, offering comprehensive care for your oral health needs. We offer periodontal services, cosmetic gum treatments, dental implants and a range of periodontal surgical procedures to address complex dental health concerns.

Known for his kind, caring and friendly chairside manner, Dr. Harrison provides personalized care. Our Asheville dental practice uses advanced technology, including 3-D digital scanning to evaluate, plan and deliver care that is designed to meet your unique needs and goals. We offer treatment for all stages of gum disease, missing teeth and cosmetic concerns related to gum recession or a gummy smile.