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Dental Implants

Dental implants can be the best way to replace your missing teeth, prevent jawbone atrophy, and restore your smile's form and function.

Dr. Joan Kirschner of Plymouth General Dentistry in Plymouth, NH, can restore your dental implants with lifelike, customized restorations.

How can Dr. Kirschner's restorations complete the implant process and make dental issues related to missing teeth a thing of the past?

A Look at Dental Implant Placement

Dental implants are surgically placed to act as artificial tooth roots. Crowns, dentures, or bridges are then attached to the implant using a connector called an abutment. These dental restorations will be expertly customized to match the look of your natural teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth or every tooth, a dental implant consultation at Dr. Kirschner's practice in Plymouth, New Hampshire, is the first step to restoring your smile and oral health.

Dental Implants Offer Many Benefits

Dentistry professionals consider implants to be the best solution for missing teeth. Here's why:


While dental restorations typically need to be replaced after roughly 15 years, implants themselves can last a lifetime in your jaw. They're most often made from titanium or zirconia, both incredibly durable materials meant for long-term use.

Improves Jawbone Health

Your jaw will begin to shrink and weaken when natural teeth are missing. This is because the tooth roots stimulate the jaw every time you bite down. Jaw atrophy can lead to serious dental issues, like misalignment and further tooth loss. Implants are the only solution that prevents jawbone atrophy.

Better Support for Dentures

Traditional full-arch dentures are held in place by dental adhesive, and are prone to fall out or slip. Dentures that Dr. Kirschner attaches to implants stay firmly in place, allowing you to eat and talk with confidence.

Improves Your Appearance

Besides the gaps in your smile, missing teeth can also give your cheeks a shriveled, aged look. Implants with attached restorations can fill out your face and smile, making you look younger and healthier.

Eat Your Favorite Foods

Missing teeth can make biting and chewing downright painful. Restorations attached to implants allow you to eat pretty much anything you want, including nuts, raw fruits, and crunchy vegetables.

Improved Speaking Ability

Your tongue needs teeth to pronounce words. Just one missing tooth can cause garbled speech. Implants can improve this dental issue and allow you to speak clearly and confidently.

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Does Dr. Kirschner Do Placement Surgery?

She does not. However, Dr. Kirschner will restore your implants with high-end dental restorations. Here's how it works:

  • Dr. Kirschner partners with trusted oral surgeons in the Plymouth area of New Hampshire who are some of the most skilled doctors in the region.
  • After your implants are placed by the surgeon, you will return to Dr. Kirschner's Plymouth, NH, practice to have your customized restorations attached.
  • Dr. Kirschner and your surgeon will work together to make your implant experience as effective, precise, and comfortable as possible.

Outstanding Reviews for Dr. Kirschner's Practice "You will be in great hands!"


Megan Matula

Plymouth, NH


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I've always been very nervous about dentist visits. Today was my second time at Plymouth General Dentistry, and I was not anxious at all because I knew from the first visit that this place is excellent! The staff are all kind, warm and GENTLE. The office is super clean. Dr. K and her team are wonderful! I HIGHLY recommend this place, especially for people that are nervous to go the dentist. You will be in great hands!

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Kirsten Clermont

Plymouth, NH


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This was my second visit to Plymouth General Dentistry and I couldn’t be more impressed by the professional and warm atmosphere . Dr K is amazing you can immediately tell she cares about you and wants to make you feel comfortable. Amber was my hygienist she is very thorough and gentle. The front staff are extremely friendly and efficient .

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Don't Let Missing Teeth Affect Your Life Request Your Dental Implant Consultation

Patients in the Plymouth, NH, area have been coming to Dr. Kirschner for generalcosmetic, and restorative dentistry for over 30 years. Why? One big reason is that we are not part of a soulless corporation, like other "local" practices. This allows Dr. Kirschner and her warm, friendly staff to give you the personalized, welcoming treatment you and your family deserve.

Ready to replace missing teeth with dental implants? Contact us today either by phone or online message. Our entire staff looks forward to meeting you.

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The Plymouth General Dentistry Difference

Dr. Kirschner prides herself on the compassion she has for her patients. Her caring nature and extensive experience provide a wonderful experience for patients of all ages. Our tight-knit team of hygienists and office staff creates a family-like atmosphere in the office that makes patients feel welcome. Having your teeth replaced with dental implants and restorations can be a big decision, both time-wise and financially. Our team is here to walk you through every step of this worthwhile journey.

How Insurance Handles Dental Implants

You should know that basic dental insurance plans do not cover dental implants and abutments (connector pieces). Your restorations, however, will be eligible for coverage. Our Plymouth practice accepts most types of dental insurance, and our dentist is a participating provider for Cigna®, Northeast Delta Dental®, and MetLife®. We will be happy to file a claim on your behalf and work with your provider to get you the most coverage possible.

Affordability Is Important

to Our Patients

You can take advantage of convenient financing through CareCredit® to make any out-of-pocket implant dentistry fees more affordable. We also offer discounts to seniors and to patients who are able to pre-pay for treatment. Dr. Kirschner wants to make the smile you desire a comfortable fit for your budget.

Depend On Us For Quality

Our restorations are not made in bulk or by a machine. Dr. Kirschner will send precise scans of your existing teeth, jaw, and oral structures to a trusted dental lab, where trained ceramists will hand-craft your crown, bridge, or denture per her detailed specifications. These days, many dentists use CEREC®, a tool for producing same-day restorations. But in order to ensure the best results for you, our dentist has made a conscious decision not to. 

Dr. Kirschner and our team firmly believe that a specialist's touch leads to far superior results for your appearance, comfort, and dental function.

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Julie Kirshneur

Plymouth, NH


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I had moved to this area in 2021 and was in need of a Dentist. So thankful I found Plymouth General Dentistry! I have struggled with teeth issues for years; Dr. K and her staff have been warm and friendly with no judgement. They answer all my questions in a patient, professional manner. I recommend this office to anyone looking for dental services!

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John P Clark

Plymouth, NH


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I highly recommend Plymouth General Dentistry. I became a patient in 2021. I neglected my teeth for several years, especially during Covid and needed a great deal of dental work. I am very happy with the care and attention I have received. The quality of work done on my teeth has been outstanding. Additionally, the entire staff is caring, professional and pleasant. I feel very fortunate to be a patient of Plymouth General Dentistry.

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Candidacy for Dental Implants And How Preparatory Dentistry Can Help

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Not everyone is an immediate candidate for dental implants, but there are several treatment options that can get you ready for the placement procedure.

If your jawbone has weakened after tooth loss, a bone graft or sinus lift can replenish the lost tissue to recreate a stable base for the titanium implants. Dr. Kirschner can coordinate with a local oral and maxillofacial surgeon to provide these treatments. 

If you're dealing with a problem like gum disease or decayed teeth that would stand in the way of your implant-supported restorations, our dentist can provide periodontal care or virtually painless extractions here at our Plymouth office.

How the Dental Implant Process Works

Though our dentist will not place your implants herself, she will be closely involved in every step of the process, from choosing a trusted oral surgeon to seeing you through your recovery and designing a restoration made just for you.
Though our dentist will not place your implants herself, she will be closely involved in every step of the process, from choosing a trusted oral surgeon to seeing you through your recovery and designing a restoration made just for you.


First, you will have a thorough, state-of-the-art exam at Dr. Kirschner's practice to determine if your jawbone is healthy enough to support dental implants. If you are a good candidate, you will be referred to a local oral surgeon for the implant placement procedure.

Implant Placement

During your implant surgery, local anesthesia will be administered to keep you comfortable. If the surgeon offers sedation, you can request it to keep your procedure stress-free and painless. Once you are comfortable, the surgeon will make small incisions in your gums. Then, he or she will place the titanium implants through the incisions and into the jawbone. Finally, the incisions are closed. Temporary restorations may be placed to maintain the aesthetics of your smile.


After the dental implant surgery, a healing period of three to six months is required. During this time, osseointegration (the fusion of the bone and implant) will occur, firmly anchoring the implant in position.


Once your dental implants are integrated with your bone, you will return to the oral surgeon for a minor surgical procedure to place abutments on the implants. Abutments connect restorations to implants. A healing period of about two weeks is usually required before the next, final step.


When healing is complete, Dr. Kirschner can attach your permanent crown, bridge, or denture to your abutments. Your restoration will be crafted based on precise models of your bite, so it should fit precisely in your mouth. You will leave our Plymouth office ready to show off your new, complete smile.

Have Questions? We Have Answers—Get in Touch Today

The implant timeline is unique for each patient and carried out in multiple stages, so it's natural to want more information before moving forward. We are more than happy to speak with you about any questions or concerns you have so that you can feel fully empowered in your treatment choice. An initial consultation is the best way for that conversation to happen. Book yours by sending us a message online or calling our Plymouth, NH, dental practice:

Bring Confidence Back to Your Smile

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Dental implants provide stable, secure support for restorations so you can smile, speak, and chew with confidence.

Plymouth, NH, Chooses Dr. Kirschner for Dentistry


Shane Santy

Plymouth, NH


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Absolutely the best experience at the dentist I have ever had!! Professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. I recommend Plymouth general dentistry to anyone who is looking for a new dentist. Thank you Dr. K!

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Susan Fitzgerald Reichert

Plymouth, NH


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Believe it or not - I enjoy going to the Dentist now. Plymouth General Dentistry is sooo relaxing with a fun atmosphere. And very professional. A winning combination!

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Joan Kirschner, DDS

Plymouth General Dentistry
Joan Kirschner, DDS

Plymouth General Dentistry is a friendly, patient-focused, privately owned practice. Dr. Joan Kirschner has practiced dentistry since 1983, and she is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The New Hampshire Dental Society

You can request an appointment at our office by contacting us online or calling (603) 536-4301.

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