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Dental Implants

Missing teeth affect the look of your smile as well as your ability to bite, chew, and speak. Earp Dentistry can help.

Dental implants can restore the appearance and function of your mouth, supporting crowns, bridges, and full dentures.

Learn how these artificial tooth roots have changed the lives of patients in the Plymouth and Greenville, NC, areas...

About Dental Implants

Artificial Tooth Roots

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are made from titanium and other biocompatible materials. They are surgically implanted into the jaw, and fuse with the bone tissue over the course of three to six months. This process of the implant fusing with bone is known as osseointegration. When the site is fully healed, dental implants can support crowns, bridges, and dentures, providing an appearance and stability comparable to natural teeth.

Countless Patient Benefits

Implants offer countless benefits over removable appliances. For one, implants are far more secure than dental adhesives. Your replacement teeth will not shift out of place while biting, chewing, or speaking. Dental implants also prevent the loss of jawbone density, a common problem that affects people with missing teeth. Left untreated, even a single missing tooth can cause the face to look sunken and aged. Bone loss will also loosen nearby teeth.

Is the Implant Process Painful? Putting Your Mind at Ease

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​Rest assured that getting a dental implant involves very little pain. In fact, thanks to local anesthetic, dental sedation, and modern pain management techniques, the process is virtually painless.

Is the Treatment Reliable?

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Missing a Tooth or Multiple Teeth

Implants can be placed when a person is missing just one tooth, a few teeth, or even all of their teeth. Our dentists will determine the number of implants needed as part of the consultation process.
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Healthy Enough for Oral Surgery

While implant surgery is safe, patients in poor health or with certain medical conditions may not be suitable for the procedure. During your visit to our Greenville area practice, we can review your medical history.

Sufficient Jawbone Density

Since the dental implants are anchored directly into the jawbone, patients must have enough bone density to support the implant post. Bone grafting surgery may be necessary to add structure to support an implant.

Schedule a Consultation Learn More about Dental Implants

Dental implants are an effective, long-lasting solution for people missing a tooth or multiple teeth. The dentists at Earp Dentistry, Johnathan Earp, Rafael Torres, and Rafael Mendez, are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about implants, including the various pros and cons and details on pricing and payment. We offer appointments late in the evening and on weekends for your convenience.

If you live in the Greenville or Plymouth, NC, areas and suffer from tooth loss, we encourage you to visit our team. You can contact Earp Dentistry online or give us a call at:

(252) 756-3313

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"Dr. Earp is one of the best dentists I have ever gone to. He really cares about his patients. The whole office is really kind to everyone that goes there. Thank you, Dr. Earp, for putting in my implants and for caring about your patients, even after the procedure is over. Dr. Earp's office is TOPS in every way." Faith Tyson - 5 Star Google Review - 2021

Imagine feeling totally confident in your smile again...

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Dental Implant Options

Implant-Supported Crowns

When a patient is missing one tooth, a crown supported by a dental implant is an ideal treatment option. The crown is either screwed in place onto the implant for ease of maintenance, or it can be cemented in place depending on which tooth is missing. In addition, the crown can be made from custom-milled porcelain using the CEREC system, or from durable zirconia at an off-site dental lab.

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Implant-Supported Bridges

An implant-supported bridge is recommended when a patient is missing multiple teeth in a row. The bridge will be anchored in place along the dental arch, filling the gap while also restoring normal oral function. The number of dental implants required for the bridge will depend on the location of the missing teeth. The bridge itself can be custom crafted from high-end zirconia.

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Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are ideal when a patient is missing most or all of their teeth. The denture is anchored in place with multiple dental implants. The exact number required will be determined by the needs of the patient and the health of their dental arch. The final custom denture will be crafted so it is virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

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The Cost of Dental Implants

It is important to understand that implants are not usually covered by insurance, although your restoration might be. Earp Dentistry is in-network for most types of dental insurance and we will work hard to maximize your coverage.

Average Implant Cost

A dental implant costs $1,600 at our practice. This price is just for the implant itself, and does not take into account the replacement tooth or teeth, or the abutment used to secure the implant restoration. The final cost of treatment will depend on the nature of your tooth loss.

Implant Package Pricing

Earp Dentistry offers package pricing for single-tooth replacement starting at $3,250. This package price includes the dental implant, the custom dental crown, and the abutment. We can discuss pricing for implant-supported bridges and dentures during your consultation.

Implant Financing Options

Our team offers financing to help patients afford the cost of their dental implant treatment. Dental financing divides the total cost of treatment into affordable monthly installments. These manageable payment plans help many patients experience improved dental health.

"I am beyond pleased!" Five-Star Reviews from Around Greenville, NC

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First time going and I am beyond pleased! Evelyn not only made me feel at ease, but she made me feel welcomed. She was such a joy to meet, and just makes you feel so comfortable. I’m glad that my coworker referred me to this office. The entire staff is just great!

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Great experience! My hygienist was fabulous. She was gentle and thorough. Definitely recommend!

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Bone Grafting Surgery

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If you need a bone graft, we can perform this preparatory procedure at our practice. Bone grafting will delay the placement of dental implants by a few months but it is an important step for patients who have suffered from tooth loss for an extended amount of time.

The Dental Implant Procedure A Step-by-Step Look

Rest assured that getting a dental implant placed involves very little pain.
Rest assured that getting a dental implant placed involves very little pain.

Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, we will perform a full dental exam to determine if implants are right for you. We can answer any questions you have about dental implants so you can make an informed decision about your oral health.

First Oral Surgery

During the first oral surgery, an incision is made along the gumline to access the jawbone. The titanium implant is anchored directly into the bone. You might receive a temporary restoration at this time.

Osseointegration

Over the next three to six months, the titanium implant fuses with the jawbone. This integration of the dental implant into the structure of the jaw is crucial for success.

Second Oral Surgery

The second oral surgery takes place after osseointegration is complete. Another incision is made into the gum tissue to place the abutment. This is the connection between the dental implant and the final restoration or appliance.

Brief Recovery

The second recovery period only takes about two weeks. Allowing the gums to heal is much faster than the recovery required for the initial dental implant surgery.

The Implant Restoration

The final part of the process is placing the permanent crown, bridge, or denture. We partner with trusted lab technicians who create implant restorations that look great and will last for years.
Drs. Johnathan Earp, Rafael Torres, and Rafael Mendez

Earp Dentistry

The warm and friendly team of compassionate professionals at Earp Dentistry provides the communities of Greenville and Plymouth, NC, a one-stop-shop for all of their dental care needs. Our dentists are members of national professional organizations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry

To schedule an appointment at one of our two convenient locations contact us online or call (252) 756-3313.

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