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Dental Implants

Most people smile when a photo is taken. But do you close your mouth or cover it with your hand due to missing teeth? There is a solution.

Titanium dental implants placed by Dr. Bruce Watkins of Watkins Family Dentistry can replace missing teeth and improve your oral health.

Ready to smile again? Learn how Dr. Watkins can use dental implants to restore your smile and oral health at his Elkhart, IN, practice.

Dental Implants Can Restore Your Smile's Foundation

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Here's How:

A dental implant is a dental treatment that creates an artificial tooth root by surgically placing a strong titanium post into your jawbone. Dr. Watkins has extensive training in restoring teeth with this procedure and can attach a dental crown to the titanium post to replace the missing tooth. Our restorations are of the highest quality and are customized to match your natural teeth. 

If more than one tooth is missing, multiple titanium implants can offer stable support to dental bridges and dentures. Our dentist offers All-on-6 implants, which only uses six implants per dental arch to reduce recovery time and cost.

Learn if dental implants are right for you during a no-pressure consultation with our warm, compassionate dentist. Dr. Watkins can explain what dental implant surgery involves and answer any questions you may have, such as procedure length and dental implant costs.

Are Dental Implants for You?

Contact Watkins Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment at our comfy Elkhart, IN, practice. Dr. Watkins will evaluate your teeth and oral health to determine if dental implants are the best option to restore your smile.

Learn About Dental Implants 

This video explains the steps and basic timeline of the dental implant procedure.

How Long Until My Smile Is Restored?

The dental implant procedure can usually be completed in three appointments.
The dental implant procedure can usually be completed in three appointments.
After your implants are inserted into your jawbone through your gums, it can take four to six months for your jawbone to fully heal and fuse around the implants.
At your second appointment, small connectors called abutments will be attached to each implant. A short healing period of a few weeks is needed.
Finally, you will come back for a third appointment to have your beautiful, customized restorations attached to your implants. This will give you the dazzling, fully functioning smile you've always dreamed of.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

The main benefit is that a dental implant with an attached restoration looks and acts like a natural tooth. But the benefits of this highly regarded procedure go far beyond that.

Improved Jawbone Health

When a tooth is missing, its root is missing, too. This can cause jawbone weakening and shrinkage. An implant can actually encourage healthy bone growth in your jaw.

Healthier Appearance

Missing teeth allow for jaw shrinkage, which can give your face a sunken, aged look. Implants can prevent bone shrinkage, and attached tooth restorations can fill your smile and cheeks, making you look younger and healthier.

Improved Confidence

A complete, healthy smile can boost your self-esteem. Dentures or bridges supported by implants do not slip or fall out when you talk or eat like traditional ones can, so you can enjoy your life to the fullest.

Improved Oral Function

Once our dentist places your implants and restorations, it should greatly improve your chewing and speaking abilities. Missing teeth can affect your speech and make eating a healthy diet difficult and painful. 


Implant-supported dentures can make your life easier. You will no longer need to remove dentures for cleaning or soaking, and you will not need messy adhesives to secure your teeth in your mouth.

Long-Lasting Investment

With proper oral hygiene, your titanium implants can last for years or even a lifetime. With regular brushing and flossing, your high-quality restorations can last for well over a decade.

It's Smile Time! Contact Dr. Watkins for a Dental Implant Consultation

A healthy, complete smile makes a great first impression. Isn't it time that people concentrate on you and not your compromised smile? Dr. Bruce Watkins, a U.S. Navy Dental Corp. veteran, can make that happen using state-of-the-art implants and digital dental technology at his family-focused dentistry. 

Implants with attached restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures can help you eat healthier, speak clearer, and look younger. So why not set up a friendly consultation about teeth implants with Dr. Watkins at his cutting-edge yet homey practice? Just use our simple online form, or feel free to call us. Dr. Watkins always welcomes new patients from the Elkhart, Granger, and Mishawaka, IN, areas.

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Dr. Watkins, our Dental Implant Specialist, looks forward to meeting you.

Our Patients Give Dr. Watkins 5-Stars "Smooth and painless beginning to end."


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Watkins Family Dentistry is an excellent dental provider! Dr Watkins is knowledgeable, thorough and explains everything very well. Our dental hygienist is gentle, thorough and friendly. We are relatively new to this office and we’re impressed!

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Ive done plenty of research about dental implants, and It is very clear that Dr. Watkins is in the top of his field...he was able to do EVERYTHING himself...the extractions, the sinus lift and bone grafting, the implant placement and the crown. Smooth and painless beginning to end.

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?


Dr. Watkins price may start at $4,760 per implant, but your final cost for treatment can depend on the number of implants you need, if any dental procedures must be  completed before implants can be placed, and the restorations you need to restore your missing natural teeth. Remember, implants are an investment in your smile, life, and health. The positive results can be priceless.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Implants have a very high success rate. Factors such as general state of health, bone density, and the location of the implant in the jaw all matter, but in general, implants have a success rate of up to 98 percent, according to the Journal of Dental Research

Choose Watkins Family Dentistry for Your Dental Implants

Top-Level Patient Care

Our warm, friendly dental team treats everyone who walks in the door like family. We focus on performing all procedures the right way, the first time for our patients in Elkhart, Granger, and Mishawaka, IN, and the surrounding areas.

Experienced Dentist

Dr. Watkins recently achieved Diplomat level with the International Dental Implant Association, the highest distinction achievable in dental implant training.

In-House Treatment

Dr. Watkins performs all aspects of the dental implant process, from surgery to restoration placement, meaning you don't need to see an outside oral surgeon. This can save you time and money.

Sedation Dentistry

Local anesthetic makes implant surgery virtually painless. However, Dr. Watkins offers sedation to keep you relaxed and deeply comfortable during the procedure.

Advanced Technology

Our Elkhart, IN, practice features the latest digital x-ray and scanning technology to make diagnosis and implant placement as precise and comfortable as possible. 

Same-Day Restorations

Break a crown that is already attached to an implant? Dr. Watkins can create a high-quality, customized porcelain crown in about an hour with our in-house CEREC® milling machine.

Glowing Reviews from Smiling Patients


Trudy Battjes


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Dr. Watkins and his staff are so professional. They make you feel like family and explain every procedure that the are performing so that patients feel at ease.

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Craig Spicher


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I have had two dental implants by Dr. Watkins...Both implants went well...He, his staff, and office crew are always kind and asking if I am ok before, during, and after my procedures. Thank you all for becoming MY dental team!!!!

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Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

Implants can be used for a single missing tooth or comprehensive full mouth reconstruction. Your level of health is a factor, but if one can undergo a routine dental extraction, is not suffering from severe gum disease, and has adequate bone density, in nine out of 10 cases, there is not a problem.

Patients who are heavy smokers, suffer from chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart disease, or have undergone radiation therapy to the head/neck area will need to be evaluated by our dentist. Some patients may be better candidates for mini dental implants rather than traditional implants. It is Dr. Watkins' firm policy that implants won't be recommended if he feels they may not be right for you.

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Watkins Family Dentistry Bruce Watkins, DDS

Watkins Family Dentistry is a comprehensive dental practice in Elkhart, IN, providing general, cosmetic, and restorative care. Dr. Bruce Watkins is a highly trained dentist affiliated with:

  • International Dental Implant Association (IDIA), Diplomate
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)
  • Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Chicago Dental Society (CDS)

To request an appointment, please fill out our online form or call (574) 293-9832.

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