While it may sound simple to just have someone else take over or finish orthodontic treatment, it is a bit more complicated than that. Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
Sometimes teeth/smiles are nearly perfect and just need that "little extra something" to make them GREAT. Sometimes this means contouring the enamel, called enamelplasty. Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
Some crown edges (or margins if you speak dentite) are below the gumline, some above. Is one right and the other wrong? Why does it matter? Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
How complicated ARE dental implants? What are some key factors to consider when doing dental implants? Dr Lance Timmerman explains
If a dentist says a crown is needed, does that mean it is cracked? If a tooth is cracked, does that mean a crown is needed? Dr Lance Timmerman explains
There are many options when replacing teeth, dental implants being one of the most successful ones. How many does a person need when replacing teeth? Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
Not all dentists are the same, especially when it comes to creating a new smile. A sign that you chose the right dentist (or chose poorly) is if a diagnostic waxup was used. Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
Despite dentists confusing patients and putting on their signs or stationary "family and cosmetic dentistry", only a minority of dentists are trained to do cosmetics. It isn't a specialty, so how does a consumer/patient find the "right" one? Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
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Is the snap on smile process a cheaper or quicker alternative to porcelain veneers? Dr Lance Timmerman DMD explains
Pain and irritation is never OK, so further investigation is always suggested. By a dentist. Veneers are usually uneventful, but sometimes some "fine tuning" is needed. Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
If one can save thousands of dollars, why not travel and make a vacation out of it? Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
Sometimes timing of treatment complicates things. People with crooked teeth sometimes lose one, and have an implant or a bridge created, and later on decide to have orthodontics (braces). Did the previous treatment (the bridge) eliminate braces as an option? Dr Lance Timmerman explains
Nobody wants to get a tooth pulled. When it MUST be done, replacing it needs to be considered. This often means that a bone graft is part of the discussion.
Can it wait to be done later, or must it be done right THEN? Dr Lance Timmerman explains
Nothing in dentistry lasts forever, but some things last longer than others. Including root canal therapy. If previous therapy fails, should it be retreated or extracted? Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
Many people suffer from TMJ issues, whether minor annoyances to full blown dysfunction. There are many methods (some debateable or controversial) to help, including orthodontics (braces). DOES it help? How? Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
Sometimes porcelain veneers can be sensitive or hurt. In offices that are properly trained and experienced, this is a rare situation but it CAN happen anywhere. Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
It is a common misconception that one can only see a dentist if they have insurance. MOST people do not have insurance and still seek dental care. Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
Sometimes while wearing a temporary crown, some stain or discoloration occurs. Is this a bad sign? What IS it? Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
Despite every dentist's best efforts, sensitivity can still happen. Why? What can be done to fix it? Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
While dental benefits (some people mistakenly call it insurance) help offset costs associated with treatment, some patients want to use dentists that they CHOOSE on their own, not one that is assigned to them. CAN you? Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
The most common frustration with dental implant treatment is the waiting. Time is the biggest cost with implants, as nothing is immediate. The marketed "teeth in a day" is truly "temporary teeth in a day", because there is a mandatory wait period.
Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
A big challenge in any dental office is shade matching. Teeth are more than a single color and every tooth is different. While labs CAN get a shade match, a perfect replica is a challenge. Not impossible, but not easy. Dr Lance Timmerman explains.
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.