Dental Implants Burlington WA

What Are Dental Implants?

An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth. A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

Call (360) 757-7667 today for your consultation.

Kathleen A. Stambaugh, DDS, PS.

Welcome to Pericowest, leading the industry in the delivery of the highest quality clinical periodontal and implant care in Burlington WA. With over 55 years of research and practice, Pericowest provides cutting edge implant and periodontal disease services and treatments. Kathleen Stambaugh’s office is nestled in the city of Burlington, surrounded by farm fields and foothills, providing a calm and serene place of practice that is reflected in the patients’ treatment experience.

Call our office for dental implants Burlington at (360) 757-7677 to make an appointment and meet Dr. Stambaugh.

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Dr. Kathleen A. Stambaugh

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“I am passionate about treating dental disease and helping people save teeth and improve their health.  Establishing relationships with my patients is one of the most rewarding aspects of my practice and I am honored to be able to play a role in my patients’ lives.”


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