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Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a modern solution to an age old problem-- replacement of lost teeth that offers natural form and function.  Regain the ability to eat virtually anything and smile with confidence.


  • What is an implant?

An implant is a artificial device placed in your jaw bone to support an abutment (attachment) and restoration (tooth, bridge, or denture).  The implant anchors the restoration your dentist will make firmly to the bone; the abutment connects the implant to the restoration.  Most implants are made of medical-grade titanium with zirconium available as a metal-free alternative.

Implant placement will depend on 3 main factors:​​

  1. Number and location of missing teeth

  2. Quality and quantity of remaining bone

  3. Type of restoration planned by the dentist

  • How long does it take?

Implant surgery is a process, not a single procedure.  From start to finish, the process can take as little as 5 to as long as 18 months.  Having realistic expectations of the process will help patients appreciate the durable result that implants provide.  A complicated implant case might proceed as follows:

  1. Initial consultation, imaging, and treatment planning (1-3 weeks)

  2. Preparation surgery, extractions/bone grafting/sinus lift (1-2 hrs anesthesia) 

  3. Graft healing (4-6 months)

  4. Implant placement (1-4 hrs anesthesia)

  5. Implant healing and osseointegration (4-6 months)

  6. Abutment placement (2-3 weeks)

  7. Restoration placement (2-3 weeks)

In simpler cases, some steps can be combined or omitted.  This will be explained at your consultation.

  • How much does it cost? 

This is directly related to case complexity, number of implants required, and type of restoration.  An estimate can only be made after a comprehensive treatment plan is drafted.  For a single tooth replacement, patients can expect to spend at least $3,500* for implant, abutment, and crown.  For full-mouth rehabilitation, cases can easily exceed $60,000*.  For every mouth there are usually multiple treatment options based on patient performance and budget.

If you're wondering if implants may be right for you, call us at (706) 946-5015 to schedule an implant consultation with Dr. Pritchett.

*sample range of fees- this is provided for patient education only and not intended to represent current fee schedule  

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