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
Dr. Kim is awesome. He did a fantastic job!
- Linda B
I've been coming here for years and have always appreciated the service I receive!
- Billy U
Overall satisfied with the care given here. Dr. Kim and his staff have always been professional. Would recommend him and his staff to anybody!
- Lisa P
Lovely experience. Love my Implant
- S K
Great and team spirit from the minute you walk in!
- Gwen H
I have been coming here for years and would recommend this place to anyone!
- Cheryl L
I love my teeth! I am happy with my experience and would recommend anyone to come.
- Cayln H
Everything was 100% perfect!
- Josse T
I am very satisfied with this office. Loved Dr. Strickland and love Dr. Kim just as well. I have had implants placed during the past seven years and they are wonderful. Carolyn is a terrific dental hygienist.
- Barbara L
This office is very up to date. Everyone is extremely competent and nice. I would recommend this office to anyone who may need periodontal care.
- Linda F
I have very high confidence in the doctor and staff in this practice.
- Linda B
I had a good experience.
Dr. Kim and all of the staff were very professional and did a fantastic job! I would highly recommend Dr. Kim to everyone needing an implant!
- Daniel S
I had very good experience with this office, dental implant and the results.
- Bill S
Very happy with my experience.
- Stephanie H
Very good service. Been seeing them for about 30 years, and hope for 30 more.
- Charles M
I have been a patient for a number of years during which time I have watched the transition from Dr. Strickland to Dr. Kim occur without any problems. The entire staff as well as Dr. Kim have treated me with respect and have been very professional, as well as provided me with excellent care. I would recommend them without hesitation.
- Jeffrey S
The dental implant was something totally new to me and I felt a little anxious about the process at first. However, Dr Kim and his staff used care and education to simplify the process. They were very orderly, caring, personable and professional through the entire process. I am thankful to GOD!!!
- Heather D
Today is my final postoperative visit to have my crown placed on the implant. I had no problems with the temporary crown and the final crown feels like a natural tooth. It looks great!! I have been pleased with the care I received from Dr. Kim and his staff. I am to return in one year to have the implant and crown checked again and I would recommend anyone who needs implants to visit Dr. Kim.
- Linda C
- Robert K