The ideal sequence is to perform root canal therapy and THEN place a final restoration (normally a crown). However, life throws us curves, and sometimes a crown is placed and a root canal is needed AFTERWARDS. What do you do with the hole in the crown? Can you just plug it? Dr Lance Timmerman explains....
When using dental benefits (sometimes called insurance) the out of pocket costs become more important than the total. If it costs YOU less, is that the better deal? Seattle dentist Dr Lance Timmerman explains how superior treatment (dental implants) can actually be CHEAPER than a dental bridge alternative.
Some patients have a challenge managing family and health care, so they want to combine both. Can a patient bring their child to their dental appointment? Dr Lance Timmerman talks about how it works in HIS office.
Patients often get confused, and it is understandable when so many dentists can't agree with diagnosing or treating multiple issues. A common one: why is a teeth cleaning so expensive at one office and virtually nothing at another (insurance pays the entire thing)?
Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
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A porcelain veneer smile makeover can change a life. Is this service limited to certain people, or can ANYONE get one? Dr Lance Timmerman explains....
Root canal therapy gets a bad rap. Most patients only hear about them when something goes wrong (or their friend waited too long to fix it). But what IS a root canal? Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
As the population ages and is living longer, they are keeping more of their teeth than in the past, including wisdom teeth. Does that mean people can/should keep them? Dr Lance Timmerman explains
It used to be standard to pull premolars when seeking orthodontic (braces) treatment. Is that still common? Why?
Dr Lance Timmerman in Tukwila explains.
Black triangles between teeth are not pretty and can be annoying if food is stuck on a routine basis. Can that be fixed? Dr Lance Timmerman DMD explains...
Every dental office is different. The equipment, the skill set, the decorations.... and most importantly, the very first visit. What is the first visit with Dr Lance Timmerman DMD in Tukwila, WA like? Is it thorough? Is it quick? Is it combined with a cleaning?
Sometimes it appears that the crooked teeth are on the lower arch only and the upper teeth are fine. Can braces be put on the lower teeth only? Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
It is not unusual to have Invisalign trays (aligners) get lost, or sometimes crack/break. What to do? When is the best time to move on to the next aligner? What about the immediately past aligner? Dr Lance Timmerman DMD explains.