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Dental Implants

Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile, but dental implants allow you to eat, speak, and laugh with confidence. 

Our dentists provide comprehensive dental implant treatment, so we can place and restore your implants with custom dental restorations.

At Harrison Dental Group, we are dedicated to providing high-quality treatment at our two conveniently located offices in Fort Wayne, IN. 

Benefits of Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Advances in dentistry allow implants to provide a stable bite, making everyday activities feel natural and easy again. With proper home care and regular exams, your dental implants can last a lifetime, saving you both time and money in the long run. Among the many benefits associated with dental implants:

Preserve Bone Structure

When even a single tooth is lost, the body begins redirecting nutrients and minerals away from areas where it is no longer needed, such as the empty tooth socket. Implants, which act as artificial tooth roots, counteract this tendency by stimulating the jawbone and encouraging new bone growth. Unlike alternative treatments, implant-supported restorations stabilize and preserve your jawbone, preventing the "sunken face" look associated with missing teeth.

Enjoy Your Favorite Foods Again

Patients with missing teeth often have difficulty biting and chewing certain foods. By creating a stable connection between your jaw and the restoration, the implant posts allow you to bite and chew with confidence. Implant-supported restorations placed at our Fort Wayne dental practice can also improve your nutrition because you can enjoy foods that require more chewing, such as meat and vegetables.

Speak with Confidence

Unlike natural teeth, conventional dentures tend to slide out of place at embarrassing moments, causing clicking noises and rubbing on your gum tissue. Dental implant-supported dentures don't move because they are anchored to the jawbone, which makes speaking easier and more comfortable. No need for messy dentures adhesives.

Save Adjoining Teeth

With a traditional bridge, the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile must be altered to allow for the placement of crowns. In contrast, implant-supported restorations do not rely on other teeth for stability. In this way, dental implants can help you keep your other teeth healthy.

Why Choose Harrison Dental Group?  We Combine Experience, Advanced Tools & Affordability

At Harrison Dental Group, our doctors have decades of experience. We also use advanced technology to offer incredibly safe, precise care, like 3D X-rays and surgical guides. Lastly, we work with thoroughly vetted dental labs that produce beautiful, durable restorations for our Fort Wayne patients. 

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Build a Strong, Healthy Smile Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation

Drs. David Harrison, Keith Harrison, Waseem Taraji, and Bradford Korn proudly serve Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas. Whether you are missing one tooth or several, we invite you to contact us online to schedule an appointment and learn more about what a dental implant can do for you. You can also call our office at:

(260) 747-4747

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Our Fort Wayne team makes a point of treating you like family.

Dental Implants Can Replace Your Natural Teeth

The team at Harrison Dental Group in Fort Wayne can replace missing teeth using dental implants and restorations like a crown, bridge, or dentures. The titanium posts fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration and give the jawbone much-needed stimulation to prevent bone atrophy. Implants provide support and stability to your dental restoration so you can eat and speak with confidence. 

Understanding the Dangers of Tooth Loss

Did you know 25 percent of U.S. adults aged 60 or older have lost all of their teeth and 40 percent of the American population is partially edentulous? 

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million people in the United States are missing teeth, and these numbers are on the rise. Unfortunately, when a tooth is lost, the bone that once surrounded it starts to deteriorate. The surrounding teeth will begin to move and drift out of their proper places, causing dental problems with eating and speaking. Enamel can even break due to the change in your bite. Suddenly, eating the normal foods you love can become a challenge, and your self-confidence can take a nosedive. 

Missing Teeth? Dental Implants Can Help! Learn About Your Options at a Consultation

At Harrison Dental Group, we understand that a missing tooth can be embarrassing and dental restorations can seem overwhelming.

During your initial consultation, you and your dentist can explore the restorative options that go along with dental implants to ensure you are completely comfortable with your treatment options.

We are here to help and answer any questions you may have and are eager to get you smiling again. With four locations around Fort Wayne, we're convenient throughout the metropolitan area. Leave us a message or call us today at:

(260) 747-4747

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Our team of dentists has decades of experience diagnosing and treating dental problems.

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"I had not been to the dentist since I was a kid and felt very welcome when greeted by the staff. I would reccomend Harrison Dental to anyone I know."
Justin D.

Options for Replacing a Lost Tooth

For decades, the only options for tooth loss were traditional bridges or dentures. While these methods are successful at filling the gaps in your smile, they do not preserve your jawbone. They also come with added maintenance including the need for regular repair and replacement, which can be quite costly over your lifetime. 

In contrast, today’s patients can benefit from the longevity and stability of dental implants

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A Closer Look at Dental Implants

Dental implants are made of biocompatible titanium and are surgically placed in your jawbone to make your restoration look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. You can customize your treatment with dental implants at our Fort Wayne, IN, dental practice by replacing one tooth or several missing teeth. Implants provide a stable bite, making eating easy and eliminating the possibility of embarrassing slippage or “clacking” noises.


If you are missing all of your teeth, implant-supported dentures, which may or may not use mini implants, allow you to enjoy the benefits of implants, including stability and bone preservation. With this restorative dentistry option, implants are placed in the bone and a new or existing denture is attached to them. The implants feel and function just like natural teeth.

Illustration of traditional vs. implant-supported denture

Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?

The first step if you are considering dental implants is to visit one of our Fort Wayne locations to speak with a dentist. During your initial consultation, we can use our advanced cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) machine as well as x-rays to take scans of your jaw and determine whether you can undergo implant placement. One of our doctors will also sit down with you to discuss your medical history, as well as your goals, needs, and budget. 

Good candidates for dental implants:

Are in good oral and overall health

Have sufficient bone density in their jaw

Can safely undergo implant placement surgery

Do not smoke or are willing to quit

Certain conditions, such as gum disease and jawbone atrophy, can interfere with your ability to receive implants. Our team can provide treatment for these conditions, allowing you to experience the life-changing benefits of an implant-supported restoration.

Curious what implant treatment looks like?

An implant-supported crown consists of three distinct parts: a titanium post, an abutment, and a custom restoration (false tooth). 
 

Illustration of implant-supported restoration components

Not Sure if Implants Are the Right Treatment for You?

At Harrison Dental Group, we pride ourselves on treating our patients in the Fort Wayne, IN, area like family. We want to provide transparent and customized treatment to fit our patient's unique dental needs. During your initial consultation, we are happy to discuss all aspects of your treatment, including your budget, dental insurance, and financing options

If you are not sure if implants are the right course of treatment for you, it's probably time to get the information you need so that you can make an informed decision. Our experienced dentists are happy to assess your oral health and explain the options that would rebuild your bite and restore your smile. To get started, leave us a message or call: 

(260) 747-4747

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Justin Chambers

2022

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Non-judgmental and understanding. Very friendly and professional. I came in for an emergency and am new to the area, took care of me and answered all my questions. Gave me all my options with no pressure. Both the dentist and all the staff are excellent.

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John Hostetler

2020

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First time and everything was great. Very pleased with work done and everyone treated me like a person, not a number. I only wished I would have found this dentist years ago.

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Your Implant Treatment Timeline

The timeline for implant treatment can vary based on your unique dental needs. Factors that can affect the timeline include preparatory treatments, individual healing time, and the number of implants you need. Generally, restoring your smile with advanced procedures like dental implants takes several months to complete. 

Our Fort Wayne practice prioritizes your comfort and offers sedation.
Our Fort Wayne practice prioritizes your comfort and offers sedation.

Consultation

At your initial consultation, your dentist can give you an estimated timeline so you have a better idea of what to expect. We will also take 3D X-rays to precisely plan your procedure. Your dentist will examine you and determine if you are a candidate for implants, whether you need preparatory treatments before implant placement, and which restorative option is best for you. We pride ourselves on customizing treatment to fit your budget.

Preparatory Dental Procedures

The first step is receiving any preparatory procedures, such as dental treatment for gum disease or grafts to replace lost bone tissue. Not all patients will require these preparatory treatments. 

Surgery

Once you have healed from any preliminary treatments, one of our implant dentists can perform your implant placement at one of our Fort Wayne offices. During the procedure, he will make a small incision into your gum tissue and embed the implant posts (which are made from titanium) into your jaw. We use surgical guides to help ensure accurate and quick placement of your implants. The procedure is relatively quick and patients can expect less post-operative pain than an extraction.

Final Restoration

It typically takes three to six months to heal from implant surgery. When you have fully healed, our dental team can attach a custom crown, bridge, or denture to your implants for a fully restored smile.

"Everyone had smiles"

"I moved to Fort Wayne and was looking for a new dental home. Lucky for me I got it right the first time. A very warm and welcoming place. Everyone had smiles. It was just natural authentic atmosphere. I was in and out. No long waits or heavy paper work. The thing that I loved the most was how in depth they were with 1st time clients. They really took care of me. Not only that but they answer my every question to better my knowledge in this field. I left feeling like a million bucks..." Jaurice D.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do implants hurt?

During implant placement, we offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the treatment process. We also use advanced technology that makes treatment more comfortable and recovery faster. After implant placement, it is normal to experience some mild discomfort. It is often easily managed using over-the-counter pain medications. However, your dentist can prescribe pain medication if you need it, and he or she will discuss pain management options with you.

How long do implants last?

Implants are made from high-quality titanium and, with proper care, are designed to last for decades and sometimes a lifetime. The longevity of the restorations you choose will vary based on the materials used. With proper care and oral hygiene, most restorations can last ten years or even longer. Our dentists can explain what you can expect during your consultation.

I am missing multiple or all my teeth. Aren't traditional dentures a cheaper option than implants?

Traditional dentures are a great option for some patients. However, traditional dentures do not stimulate new bone growth in the jaw and can actually hasten the deterioration of the jawbone. Dental implants, which are prosthetic tooth roots, are the only restorative dentistry treatment that can stop the bone atrophy that occurs following tooth loss. While traditional dentures might be a cheaper option up front, investing in dental implants now can save you time and money later. 

What Patients Say About Harrison Dental Group

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Samantha Pepple

2021

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Dr. Keith Harrison took care of me in a desperate time of need. He was so kind and went above and beyond anything I could ask for. I am forever grateful for your kindness in getting me in when I was in such pain!! 10/10 recommend!!!

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Tony De La Rosa

2021

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Fast service, professional dental assistant, dentist listen and provide excellent care. Thank you and God bless.

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Harrison Dental Group

The doctors of Harrison Dental Group have been providing family-friendly dentistry for decades. Our dental care is advanced, yet affordable, and we are members of various prestigious organizations:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

To request a consultation at one of our Fort Wayne locations, call us at (260) 747-4747
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