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.
Dr. Kim, Dr. Arrington and Dr. Strickland have received extensive training in Implantology. Through continuing education, Drs. Kim, Arrington and Strickland keep abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.
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 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, Arrington and Strickland 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.
Rocky Mount Periodontics and Implant Center
Quality of care and very informative. Staff is very accommodating! From the time they answer the phone all the way to the operatory, very knowledgeable and quality service! Top notch EVERY TIME!!!!
- Tina E
Very nice experience in Dr. Kim’s office. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Drs. Kim and Harrington are extremely good at taking care of periodontal problems!
- Diane D
Great experience. Very satisfied.
- Angie L
Dr. Kim is an excellent surgeon. His office staff is very courteous, kind and knowledgeable. It feels like family every visit. They know you on a first name basis. I would recommend them for all your Periodontic and Implant needs.
- Leo L
The whole process was much easier than i anticipated.
- Donna B
Dr. Kim did a dental implant for me. The situation was quite difficult and took some bone grafting and a good year before we were ready for the implant. However, the work is excellent and it was worth the wait! He’s continued to follow my care for the last year and all has healed perfectly! Highly recommend if anyone is in need of a dental implant!!
- Melissa S
My implant experience so far is stellar. The first part of the root removal and bone graft went exceptionally well. I experienced no pain during the procedure and very minimal discomfort afterwards. The time during the healing process went very well by following instructions as outlined by the surgeon. I am looking forward to the final implant process.
- Robin S
Carolyn is a sweetheart. Love her to death!
- Mark G
I am extremely pleased with the implants Dr. Kim placed! The dental cleanings here are top-notch!! I wouldn't go anywhere else.
- Linda C
This is a great team! There is excellent care here! I appreciate their service through the years.
- Nelia R
I've been a patient for well over 10 years. The office staff always greets me so warmly; my hygienist Shannon insures that I'm comfortable during my procedures; and Dr. Kim is thorough and keeps me informed of my progress. They respect my time by making sure that they are ready for me at my appointed time. And they insure that my primary dentist is informed so that my overall dental care is seamless. Couldn't ask for more.
- Linda J
Friendly Staff! They even took pictures for me during my procedure. How awesome is that?
- Grace M
This is a great office and I tell everyone who will listen. These doctors and their entire staff are first rate
- Joe B
Carolyn is always very thorough and Dr. Kim always explains things in an understandable manner
- Brenda C
Very pleased with care!!
- D D
will done very good
- salam A
Everything has been excellent.
I would refer Dr Kim to anyone! would highly recommend him. I feel like i have had the best treatment available. I use to not like coming to the dentist just not a huge fan but his made a good experience out of a bad situation for me. Very pleasant person and office staff is very cheerful and pleasant. Makes whole experience a lot better .
Overall good experience, friendly, courteous, caring employees and doctor. Genuinely care about my well being.
- Gwen H
extraordinary experience with dental implant!
- Randy R