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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 and restorations have changed the lives of patients in the Plymouth and Greenville, NC, areas.

What Are Dental Implants?

Artificial Tooth Roots

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are made from titanium or 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, or 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 can also loosen nearby teeth.

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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 details on pricing and payment. We offer late and weekend appointments 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

Are Dental Implants Reliable?

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Missing a Tooth or Multiple Teeth

Implants can be placed if you are missing just one tooth, a few teeth, or even all of your natural teeth. Our dentists will determine the number of implants you'll need as part of the consultation process.

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. Bone grafting surgery, which restores lost bone tissue, can greatly increase your candidacy for implants. 

Bone Grafting Surgery Is Available at Our Offices


If you need a bone graft, we can perform this preparatory procedure at our practice. Bone grafting will delay your implant placement surgery by a few months, but it is an important step to take if you have suffered from tooth loss for an extended period of time. Your bone graft can make all the difference for successful treatment with implants.

Your 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 our 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 consecutive teeth. 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 will be 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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Imagine feeling totally confident in your smile again...

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For a Natural Appearance We Pair Implants With Custom Restorations

When creating a beautiful, authentic looking-smile, we pay attention to every detail. Your implants will be placed at strategic angles to achieve the most natural position in your mouth, and your crowns, bridges, or dentures will be crafted to look indistinguishable from the real thing.

Thanks to our CEREC machine, we can fine-tune the shape, shade, and size of your porcelain crowns or bridges to maximize their functional and aesthetic value. If you choose zirconia for your restorations or need a larger restoration like a denture, the expert technicians at our partner lab will use their skill and technology to create gorgeous replacement teeth that give you years of improved oral function and boosted confidence in your smile.

Is the Implant Process Painful? We're Here to Put You at Ease


​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.

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Thanks to local anesthetic, dental sedation, and modern pain management techniques, getting a dental implant is virtually painless.
Thanks to local anesthetic, dental sedation, and modern pain management techniques, getting a dental implant is virtually painless.

Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation at our Greenville or Plymouth office, 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.

Implant Placement Surgery

During this procedure, your dentist will make an incision along your gumline to access your jawbone. The titanium implant will be anchored directly into the bone. You might receive a temporary restoration at this time.


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

Abutment Placement Surgery

This procedure will take place after osseointegration is complete. Another incision will be made into your gum tissue to place the abutment, which serves as the connection between the dental implant and the final restoration.

Brief Recovery

It only takes about two weeks to recover from abutment placement surgery.

Fitting Your Restoration

The final part of the process is placing your permanent crown, bridge, or denture at our office in Greenville or Plymouth. Your dentist will adjust your restoration as necessary to ensure it's completely stable and comfortable in your mouth.

Unhappy With Your Smile? You've Found a Team That Can Help

Many patients in need of dental implants have dealt with substantial decay or missing teeth for quite some time. Due to embarrassment or fear of the cost, they may put off treatment. However, our compassionate team believes that there's no shame in needing or seeking help. In fact, one of the bravest things you can do is to make a positive change.

While dealing with dental troubles can be scary, you have found an effective, long-term solution: implants. You also have access to dentists who can guide you through the process with understanding and transparency: us.

To find out more about our approach to implants, contact our offices in Plymouth or Greenville, or call:

(252) 756-3313

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The team at Earp Dentistry is here to guide you through every step of your implant journey with kindness and transparency.

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How Long Do Implants Last?

Titanium implants can remain in place for a lifetime, and your restorations can last for upwards of 15 years. Our dentists can explain maintenance tips, such as proper brushing techniques and making regular visits to our Greenville or Plymouth office, that can help your beautiful new smile last longer.

The Cost of Dental Implants

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.

Insurance Coverage

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.

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.

Financing Options

We don't want costs to be a barrier between you and your beautiful new smile. Our team offers financing through CareCredit®, a lender that provides loans with low or no interest and affordable monthly installments. 

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Drs. Johnathan Earp, Rafael Torres, and Rafael Mendez

Pruitt & Earp Dentistry

The warm and friendly team of compassionate professionals at Pruitt & 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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