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.

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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.

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Great experience, but one I hope I don't have to repeat.

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Could not be more satisfied. Would highly recommend Dr. Arrington and Dr. Kim for dental implants.

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I am very satisfied with my implant and I would recommend this office to anyone.

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The staff is wonderful here, friendly and professional. I never have to sit and wait, get in and out on time.

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Very please with my experience at this office. I would return if I need any other needs in the future.

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Going to the dentist is not fun....but if you have to go, this is the place. I had dental implants and I have been very very happy with them. I continue to come back for my periodontal cleaning and its always a good experience with the staff and doctors.

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This is a fantastic office. I have been coming for many years. The staff has passion for their profession and it really shows with the way patients are treated. You can tell they love their patients and we share stories about our families.

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Exceptional service and my implant was painless!

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I have felt comfortable from day one with the procedure and everything has turned out great.

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