Dental implants are strong, small rods of titanium metal. They are surgically implanted into your gums and jaw bone. Then, over time, they heal, and function as artificial tooth roots. Once they heal, Dr. Kory Kirkegaard can replace your missing teeth by attaching a single crown, an implant-supported bridge, or a set of implant-supported dentures to your implants.
Dental implants are the best long-term solution for missing teeth, and can help you keep your smile healthy for decades to come. If you’d like to learn more, you can contact The Art of Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Kirkegaard, our expert Louisburg implant dentist.
With proper care, dental implants can easily last 30+ years, and many patients will keep their dental implants for the rest of their lives.
Before you can get dental implants in Louisburg, you’ll need to come into The Art of Dentistry for a consultation. Dr. Kirkegaard will examine your mouth, take x-rays, and determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for treatment. If you are, he will begin developing your treatment plan right away.
Next, you’ll come into our office to have your dental implants placed. Dr. Kirkegaard will clean and numb your mouth. We also offer dental sedation in Louisburg to keep you comfortable. Once your mouth is prepped, Dr. Kirkegaard will make an opening where your missing tooth used to be, and place a dental implant in your jaw bone. Then, he will clean the area and suture it shut. This process will be repeated if you’re getting multiple implants.
After you get your implants, you’ll be sent home to heal. It takes about 1-2 weeks to heal from your initial surgery. You’ll need to come back to our Louisburg dental office for regular checkups so that we can check on your recovery, and so that Dr. Kirkegaard can begin creating your final implant restoration.
Once your mouth has fully healed and your implant restoration is finished, you’ll come back to The Art of Dentistry for one last appointment. Dr. Kirkegaard will check your implant and restoration, then permanently attach your restoration to your tooth, completing the process.
Single-tooth implants are the most common type of dental implant. They involve placing one dental implant, and then restoring it with one dental crown (false tooth). With one or more single-tooth implants, you can restore your smile and replace your missing teeth permanently.
We also offer implant solutions for patients missing multiple teeth, such as implant-supported bridges to restore a row of missing teeth, and implant-retained dentures, which can replace a full mouth of missing teeth. No matter how many teeth you’re missing, dental implants in Louisburg from Dr. Kory Kirkegaard may be right for you.
About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.
Yes. If you've lost multiple teeth, dental implants can be medically necessary for restoring your smile and protecting your future oral health. Unfortunately, dental insurance companies don’t see things this way.
Most dental insurance companies consider dental implants to be a “cosmetic” treatment, and will not cover the cost of treatment. That’s why we offer a variety of financing options, such as CareCredit, to help our patients get the treatment they need, and split up the cost with a convenient payment plan.
The cost is different for every patient. In general, though, you can expect to pay between $2,000 and $4,000 for a single-tooth implant. Implant-supported bridges replacing three or four teeth may cost between $5,000 and $15,000. And a set of implant-supported dentures may cost up to $30,000 for each row (upper or lower) of teeth.
If you’re missing multiple teeth but your mouth is free of major oral health issues and your jaw bone is strong, you’re likely a good candidate for dental implants. Non-smokers are also preferred, since smoking dramatically raises the risk of implant failure.
In general, patients who have severe, untreated oral health issues or a weak jaw bone will not qualify for dental implants. However, with proper treatment at The Art of Dentistry, and oral surgeries like bone grafting, it may still be possible for you to get dental implants
Not sure if dental implants are right for you? The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with our implant dentist in Louisburg. Call The Art of Dentistry at 913-274-9200 today, and take the first steps toward restoring your missing teeth.