Dental Implants

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.

Drs. Kim and Arrington have received extensive training in Implantology. Through continuing education, they keep abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.

Are you ready to replace your missing teeth and smile with confidence again?

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If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your doctor will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation


Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors in the gums for replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors that include hardness of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.

For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Drs. Kim and Arrington will uncover the implant and attach a small healing collar. After two weeks your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

What to do if my dental implants have failed?

If you have dental implants from another practice which are failing or have failed we can help! Rocky Mount periodontists Dr. John Kim and Dr. Harriet Arrington are experts in treating implant complications. Call our expert staff to schedule a consultation where our periodontists will examine the implants and discuss with you the options for repair or replacement.

Rocky Mount Periodontics and Implant Center

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The doctors and staff made a troubling situation easier. I was very pleased with the outcome.

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Patient Review by Marvin A

It is a very comfortable office, everyone is pleasant to work with. My implant was a great decision

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Patient Review by John A

Satisfied with the job that was done. Very well Pleased!

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Patient Review by Joe W

Dr. Arrington has done two implants for me, good people do good work.

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Painless event.

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Patient Review by Troy J

Good experience with my implant procedure.

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Patient Review by Anonymous

Very professional and pleasant staff. Dr. Kim and his assistants are extremely knowledgeable and take the time to answer all questions and concerns. I appreciate Dr. Kim's expertise and skills.

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I would recommenced to others trying to resolve similar issues.

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Patient Review by Elaine J

NIce staff and very clean office. I will refer others to this office.

- Elaine J

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Patient Review by Carrie S

I feel that Dr. Kim and staff made easy as the procedure could be and very informative.

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Good Experience.

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Always have a good experience. I have been coming here over 20 years

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It has been a good experience!

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Patient Review by Yvonne M

I was totally satisfied with the implant procedure from day one.

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Patient Review by Ronald H

It was a lot more involved than I thought it would be, but I did have some complications. Since it was my first time getting an implant I didn't know what to expect. Overall I am pleased. Dr. Kim seemed to have genuine interest in how well the procedures went and tried hard to make sure it was successful.

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Patient Review by Arlene B

It has been a great, pleasant experience with having my procedures done by Dr. Arrington and Dr. Kim. I highly recommend this office.

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Patient Review by Carolyn C

Most of the time people dread dental visits, but I have had a great experience at this office.

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Patient Review by Brenda S

He explains all procedures very well. Very pleased with experience.

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Patient Review by Patsy P

I had two teeth in poor condition that resulted in an implant procedure since a partial would not work for me. The surgery worked so well from beginning to end. No complaints at all and would recommend treatment with Dr. Kim to anyone. Dr. Kim is just so awesome! Dr. Arrington was excellent in her part with my surgery as well!!

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Patient Review by Tom P

Great office and staff! Procedure was flawless.

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