April 18, 2017
The times, they are a changing…. Dr Lance Timmerman wants to help his patients offset the costs to dental care, and is an IN network Aetna dentistwith Aetna Dental. This means that if you have Aetna dental, there is no reason to seek care anyplace else. World class dental care with network pricing.
Let’s face it. Times have changed. Costs of living are a challenge, so seeking an Aetna dentist can save money. Are ALL dentists the same? Are network dentists better? Not necessarily, so do your homework. Please search our website to learn if we are a good fit for you. We offer general services (cleanings, fillings, etc), but we also offer specialized care, like snoring/sleep apnea, dental implants, or smile makeovers.
It can be frustrating to get the care that you want, but learn that there are rules to follow, and some services aren’t covered. What is worse, sometimes you find this out AFTER the treatment is complete. OUR office seeks transparency. We state UP FRONT the plan, the alternatives, and the costs associated with your care. If payment arrangements or financing is needed, we can help.
Most limitations are due to limited services offered from that specific office, not necessarily the plan, so choose an office with a variety of services.
The benefit of an IN network dentist and the convenience of Tukwila, right behind the family fun center and next door to Starfire (where the Seattle Sounders train) make this a convenient and money saving option. We share the building with the University of Phoenix, so don’t drive past thinking your GPS is broken!
November 18, 2015
It’s true! If you want no more dentures, then dental implants may be your solution in Dr Lance Timmerman’s office. In some cases, the “all-on-four” approach may save you both time and money. Instead of 8-10 implants on the upper arch and 6-8 implants on the lower arch, in some cases 4 implants is enough.
This process is a “graftless option”, meaning if the sinus cavity is large enough to prevent implants in a more ideal or perpendicular location, or the lower jaw nerve (the inferior alveolar) is too close to the surface, an angled implant may allow the attachment of the restoration to the implants to be spread out enough to give adequate stability and support.
It is very important to be sure that this approach is appropriate. Not ALL cases can be done this way, and if a single implant fails, the entire case fails. Normally this means one or two implants need to be redone and can succeed at that point, but this does add time to the equation, usually a factor of MONTHS. This can be frustrating to both the patient AND the dentist.
Some places advertise “teeth in a day” but this can be misleading. Often, the patient will walk out with some FORM of teeth, but it is not the final restoration. A more accurate description is “Temporary teeth in a day” as the patient will need to return in the future, after everything has healed, to get their final set of teeth.
This all comes down to the first visit. After ALL records are collected (CBCT or 3D/conebeam image, photographs, impressions), then Dr Timmerman can plan and design your case. While the surgery may only take a short time, there is a LOT of work done “behind the scenes” to deliver world class care.