About Us

Since 1908

Saving Smiles & Restoring Confidence

Our History

Originally Tharp Dental, Frankfort Implant Dentistry has been in the Tharp family for three generations, founded in 1908 by our Dr. Tharp’s grandfather.

Since its beginnings, our dental team has remained committed to serving the community with the same values of compassion, professionalism, honesty, and affordability for over 100 years.

Our Motivation

Our passion is in our patients’ transformation. We want Frankfort Implant Dentistry to be the go-to practice for compassionate, professional, and affordable dental implants. We believe that when our patients can smile confidently, their whole world can change. We want to help our patients’ lives by replacing missing teeth or loose dentures and boosting their confidence.

Meet the Dentist

James Tharp, DDS

Dedicated To Your Beautiful Smile

Dr. James Tharp received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Northwestern University. He has been practicing dentistry for over 35 years and has completed several courses offered by the Pankey Institute and Dawson Academy. He is the President Elect of the International Academy of Mini Dental Implants and has completed the requirements for Mastership status.

Dr. Tharp is currently an evaluator for the Gordon Christensen Clinicians Report. He has studied with Joe Massad (prosthodontics specialist) at the Massad Institute. He has taught for over twenty five years in several areas of dentistry in seventeen different states, and three countries. He has dedicated his professional career to providing you with the best that dentistry has to offer. Dr. Tharp believes when you love your work, it shows.

Outside of work Dr. Tharp enjoys time with his wife, playing ice hockey, hiking mountain trails, and being a flying instructor. He enjoys a variety of music and loves to dance.

Our Team




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