Jody S. Harrison, DDS, MS

Dr. Jody S. Harrison was born in Bennington, Vermont, and grew up in upstate New York. He attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, graduating in 1992 with a B.S in biology. He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2000 with a DDS degree. Following dental school graduation, he completed a 2 year General Practice Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas (UTHSCSA). In 2002 he became an Assistant Professor at UTHSCSA, teaching clinical dentistry to 3rd and 4th-year dental students. In 2004 he was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Air Force and entered the joint program in Periodontics offered by Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC) and the UTHSCSA. Dr. Harrison graduated in June 2007 with a Master of Science degree from UTHSCSA and a clinical certificate in Periodontics from WHMC.

During his 10 years in the Air Force, Dr. Harrison attained the rank of Lt Colonel. He served as Director of Periodontal Education at the Air Force’s 2-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry in San Antonio, TX. He was also Chief of Periodontics at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, NV.

In the summer of 2014, Dr. Harrison separated from the Air Force, left Las Vegas, NV and relocated to Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Jocelyn, children Max and Chloe and Australian Shepherd named Flurry. In his spare time, Dr. Harrison enjoys his kids’ extracurricular activities, playing fetch with Flurry and playing the drums.

Dr. Harrison is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and currently maintains membership in the American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, and North Carolina Dental Association. He offers comprehensive treatment planning and periodontal care, including surgical and non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease, soft tissue and bone grafting around natural teeth and implants, sinus augmentation and atrophic ridge grafting in conjunction with dental implant placement.

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 titanium implant

Q What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are designed to replace the natural tooth root and support a prosthetic tooth or dental appliance such as a denture.

An implant post is surgically attached to the jaw bone. Over the course of a few months, the implant permanently fuses with the existing jaw bone. After the implants heal, an abutment is attached. Then the implants are finished with a custom designed ceramic dental restoration.

Q What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants are considered one of the most successful tooth replacement options. They offer the most complete solution for missing teeth. Not only are they designed to replace the tooth root, but they also replace the visible portion of the tooth. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime and can improve your overall appearance, self-confidence, and your ability to eat your favorite foods. Patients no longer need to worry about slippage or other embarrassing situations that may occur as a result of missing teeth.

Q What is the success rate for dental implants?

This varies from patient to patient. For patients who maintain a great oral hygiene routine and visit the dentist regularly, their implants are projected to have above a 90-95 percent success rate.

Q Are dental implants removable?

No, dental implants are fixed posts that are surgically attached to the jaw. They are topped with a custom-made restoration that is designed to resemble the natural teeth.

Q How long does it take to replace teeth using dental implant?

Each case is different. Dr. Harrsion will assess your needs and create a personalized solution based on your needs. The treatment plan will include your estimated treatment time. The length of your treatment will depend on factors like your overall condition, dental health, and health of the gum and bone tissue.

Q Does is hurt to get dental implants?

With sedation dentistry and other methods, the dental implant procedure is designed to make the patient as comfortable as possible. We offer three types of dental sedation options: IV sedation, oral conscious sedation, and nitrous oxide.

Q How do I care for my dental implants?

If you maintain a proper oral hygiene routine and visit the dentist regularly, your dental implants can last decades. Taking care of your dental implants are very similar to caring for the natural teeth: brush your teeth, floss your teeth, and schedule biannual dental check-ups.

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