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Dental Implants

After tooth loss, decay, or damage, there's a lot you may miss, like chewing or smiling in pictures.

While missing teeth can be a stressful problem, they're also a common one — and our dentist, Dr. Thiago Morelli, has a solution.

He places dental implants at North Carolina Implants and Periodontics, a trusted Raleigh, NC, practice. Visit us to explore your candidacy.

Secure, Stunning Smiles Start With Dental Implants

Dr. Morelli creates lasting smiles using dental implants. Typically made from titanium, dental implants are posts that act as artificial tooth roots. They connect custom crowns, bridges, or dentures. Because titanium dental implants are placed in your jaw, you never have to worry about your dental restoration's stability.
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We're Dedicated
To Premium Materials

At our Raleigh, NC, practice, we believe that excellent results start with excellent materials. We use premium dental implants from trusted providers like Dentsply Sirona, Neodent, and BioHorizons.

Each type comes with its own benefits, like Straumann implants, which are made in a wide range of materials, and Nobel Biocare, which is recognized as a pioneer of dental implants. Dr. Morelli can guide you through each option, so you can find a dental implant that fits your needs.

"Very happy to have my smile back." Tailored Treatment in the Triangle


Jeff Futch


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Very friendly and caring staff. Best decision I've made concerning my teeth. Was nervous and scared at first. The whole team took time to walk me through the process. Definitely was less painful than I thought it would be. Dr. Morelli did an awesome job on my top and bottom implants. Very happy to have my smile back. I strongly recommend.

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Don Bruton


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From the moment I walked in the door… Very professional, super friendly, one-of-a-kind service… Made me feel like I was a family member… they went out of their way far and beyond to make me feel comfortable. I will suggest going here over any other dental office in the Raleigh area… Everyone greets with a smile, and honestly made me forget that I was there for dental work if I could give everybody a five star review from this office, I would… I wish this type of service was more common. Keep up the great work.

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Meet Your Implant Dentist

Dr. Morelli
As a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Dentistry, Dr. Morelli is used to making complex dental procedures seem simple. His work on implants has also been published, making him an authority even established dentists trust to inform their care.

The Implant Procedure From Start to Finish

If you ever have questions
about your care, rest assured
we have a 24/7 call center.
If you ever have questions
about your care, rest assured
we have a 24/7 call center.

Dental Imaging

To establish implant candidacy, our Raleigh, NC, dentistry practice uses advanced technology to scan your natural teeth, gums, and jawbone, including intra-oral scanning and cone beam computed tomography. We also capture measurements to create a surgical guide and a lifelike restoration.

Supplementary Treatments

Depending on your needs, Dr. Morelli may also recommend supplementary dental procedures. These might include extracting a tooth, periodontal care, or bone grafting – all of which can be completed in-office. In some cases, you may also need time to heal.

Sedation Dentistry

When the day of your dental implant placement arrives, you'll return to our office. Although it's not necessary for everyone, you may take oral conscious sedation beforehand, or you may be calmed using IV sedation, so treatment is as comfortable as possible. 

Implant Placement

Once you're fully at ease, Dr. Morelli will create a small incision in your gums. He'll also make space in the bone below. Then, he'll carefully place your titanium implant using a custom 3-D printed surgical guide for precise results.

Abutment Placement

An abutment, or connector piece, will be placed on top of each implant. Dr. Morelli may attach your abutment and restoration on the day of your implant procedure, or he may attach them after you heal.


The reason why dental implants are so successful long-term is due to osseointegration. This process allows your implant to fuse with your gum and jawbone, so that it remains securely in place for decades to come. Osseointegration takes about three to six months.

Restoration Placement

We send all scans to a trusted local lab in Durham for restoration fabrication. When they're ready, Dr. Morelli will attach your denture, crown, or bridge to the abutments, completing your beautiful new smile.

What Happens​ If I'm Not an Implant Candidate?

We may be able to help you qualify for dental implant placement using three kinds of supplementary treatments, depending on your concerns:

Decayed or Damaged Teeth
Treated by Extraction

Many dental implant patients come to us with a troublesome decayed or broken tooth. Dr. Morelli may be able to extract your tooth and place your implant during the very same visit.

This option has the added benefits of quicker recovery time and consolidating two oral surgery appointments into one.

Gum Disease
Treated With Periodontics

As one of the leading causes of tooth loss, gum disease is very common in dental implant patients. Of course, our dentist won't place an implant until you're healthy.

He offers periodontal treatments to improve your gum health, as well as your overall oral health, before dental implant placement.

Bone Loss
Treated With Grafting

When we lose a tooth, it causes our jawbone to deteriorate. Over time, this bone loss can become significant — and since your dental implants need to fuse with your jawbone, it can disqualify you from being a candidate.

However, Dr. Morelli offers bone regeneration, which can restore lost bone, as well as bone grafts and sinus lifts.


The Real Impact Of Implants From Our Raleigh, NC, Team

"Dr. Morelli and his team are amazing! My fiance had implants from other periodontists and they did not even compare to Dr. Morelli's work and expertise!...My fiance wanted to have his whole smile completely redone for our wedding. When we came in, we had 6 months until our wedding and Dr. Morelli didn't even bat an eye and took on the challenge and not only did he do everything he said he would, my fiance's smile turned out better than we could have ever imagined!...If you are considering implants, we strongly recommend Dr. Morelli and his team at North Carolina Implants and Periodontics!"

-Danielle Donathan

The Cost Of Dental Implants


A single immediate-placement implant and restoration will cost around $4,000, while a full arch placement and restoration start at $19,000. Dental implants aren't covered by insurance, but they're an excellent investment in your health. To help you budget for the highest standard of care, we accept LendingClub® and CareCredit® financing.

Why Are Dental Implants  A Good Investment?

They Last a Lifetime

While any restoration will need to be replaced every decade or so, implants can last throughout your life. You'll just want to make sure that you choose a trusted provider and care for your implants properly — and Dr. Morelli is happy to explain how.

They Prevent Bone Loss

When you have a dental implant, it stimulates your bone tissue and prevents deterioration. In fact, it's the only treatment for missing teeth that stops this process. Implants have cosmetic benefits too, like stopping premature aging and sunken facial features.

They Improve Your Confidence

Dental implants are the best option to keep your restoration in place since they are fused to your jawbone. That means no more slipping dentures. Not to mention, they allow your restoration to function like natural teeth so you can enjoy all your favorite foods again.

North Carolina Implants and Periodontics

North Carolina Implants and Periodontics

Established in 2018, our practice is led by Thiago Morelli, DDS, MS. His professional affiliations and distinctions include:

AAP: American Academy of Periodontology

ADA: American Dental Association

Diplomate - American Board of Periodontology

Fellow - International Team for Implantology

Please request an appointment by contacting us online or by calling us at: (919) 510-8888

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