Dr. Lance Timmerman

Cosmetic Dentistry
Tukwila, WA
male

Locations

Lance Timmerman, DMD

Tukwila, WA

Address

7100 Fort Dent Way, #270, Tukwila, WA, United States
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Dental Benefit Providers, Inc

Guardian Life

Regence

Cigna

Office

TUKWILA

About

Bio

Dr Timmerman is internationally known for delivering high level dental care and even has a license in Belgium. A perpetual student, he exceeds all requirements of continuing dental education and even teaches other dentists via lectures and hands on instruction. He devotes all his spare time to his beautiful wife and three gorgeous daughters. He loves to travel and stay active, by skiing, running and many other forms of exercise. However, most of his time is simply being a taxi to the family.....

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentistry

Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Orthodontics

Prosthodontics

Doctor Q&A

160 Answers
12 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Not usually: Most of the time my patients state that they didn't feel a thing, and in two short visits, two weeks apart, they have a brand new smile they are not a... Read More
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Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Unfortunately, : Unfortunately, there is no simple, quick or cheap solution for you. The tooth needs immediate professional attention, so at the very least a communit... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Yes: Research has shown a relationship to all disease and sleep apnea, most recently linked to cancer. While the debate similar to the "chicken and egg" d... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Plaque : Plaque formation is not related to losing baby teeth. It is possible that some permanent teeth never formed (so no pushing out the baby teeth) or the... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
You : You will find that very few indirect bonding cases on the anterior 6 teeth that will look better than porcelain. The products for indirect bonding ke... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Traditionally : Traditionally it has been a fluoridated detergent mixed with pumice, that fine volcanic stone. Some of the newer materials use a silica substitute. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
There : There are some great products out there that help with cleaning between the teeth. Hydrofloss, waterpik and many others do a great job. Sonicare jus... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Bony : Bony spicules or sequestrum doesn't always happen, but can. Sometimes despite all our efforts and doing everything right, this can happen. Often the... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
It : It is possible that the root canal therapy (rct) has failed and is now reinfected. It doesn't always show on xrays, so it can be difficult to diagnos... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
While : While the whitening process is taking place, the teeth are more susceptible to stain, but when the treatment is complete, the tooth structure will rem... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
The : The majority of healing is 10-14 days. When working in the esthetic zone, in an effort for "perfect" i treat it like an extraction and wait 8 weeks b... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
The : The first step is to see a dentist. Bumps that resemble pimples are usually associated with dead teeth needing extractions or root canal therapy, but... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
If : If you can passively place it on and off, toothpaste can act as a cement. It won't be strong, but it may make things more bearable. There isn't much t... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Benign bone: An extra deposit of bone, normally a buttressing effort by the body to support teeth when a bite is not balanced. The bone is not pathological but ma... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
To : To rule out a tumor, get an mri. However, it is most likely a TMJ disorder. Get the wisdom tooth/teeth out, then after everything heals, address the... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Maybe: But your snoring may be a sign of a life threatening condition called sleep apnea. A sleep aid may assist you in staying asleep during a blockage of ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
The : The simple answer is yes. Taking brackets off and wearing a retainer to hold them in place, a holding pattern of sorts, is normal and reasonable. Yo... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
This : This is commonly called temporomandibular joint disorder, or tmd (some say tmj, but that just describes the joint, and not the problem). Sometimes th... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Could be many things: See a dentist asap, since you report previous abscess and broken tooth. It can be a life threatening situation. The draining area may have hardene... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
There : There is a certification process for general dentists to be qualified to do invisalign. If they feel comfortable with your case, they are likely capa... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Don't : Don't wait. New job with new insurance usually has a waiting period. You can get cleanings and xrays, but usually the insurance will make you wait a... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Since : Since there is no nerve to this tooth, adjacent teeth are the more likely contributers to this pain. Supporting bone and gums can be involved as well... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
The : The best advice is to see a dentist asap. If a tooth is removed, it will not grow back. So if something is there, it is either a supernumerary tooth... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Crowns : Crowns can make teeth taller, but the complication is the bite. As the teeth have worn down, the bite has adjusted and the teeth now fit together lik... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
At : At some point, the crown (or "cap") will need to be replaced, as nothing in dentistry lasts a lifetime. However, some reasons for replacement are sim... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
If : If it is a real quick adjustment, almost like a polish, then next time you get your teeth cleaned bring it up to the dentist at his/her exam. Often i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
I : I would recommend not to whiten your teeth in this manner. While cheap, the abrasiveness will vary widely and do more damage than help. Most of the ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
A : A visit to the oral surgeon would be best. Sometimes if things get left behind (bone, root tip, etc) they pose no problem (as evidenced from pts comi... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Perhaps : Perhaps a clinical exam with a periodontist is in order, as gum disease is nothing to take lightly. It is likely that periodontal therapy of some deg... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Barriers: To minimize risk of swallowing water from the dental handpiece or debris, including dental instruments, a barrier (or dam) can be placed. This can be... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth : Teeth often get a "patchwork" of fillings, but there comes a point where too much is too much. One factor is the size of the fillings, as pin hole si... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Could be many things: Without an exam and x-ray, we are all just guessing. See a dentist asap. Tartar buildup is often mistaken for teeth (or extra teeth). This can also... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
"Need" : "need" is the key here. No, you don't need to pull the opposite tooth, but you might want to. If the tooth doesn't hit any other tooth, it will even... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Replaced: Any attempt to repair a porcelain veneer will ultimately fail, even small chips the have composite bodied in place. It never lasts. If you simpl... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Need to be tested: Without a study, you can't know. Tonsils can obstruct airflow, and if blocked long enough, that is the definition of obstructive sleep apnea. Tonsil... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
AHI: This index number is used to determine the severity of a persons sleep disorder. The index is determined by adding total apneas and hypopneas and div... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Replace : Replace or repair will depend on the size of the chip. If it is very small, a dentist can smooth it out and polish it. If that is not possible, then... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
It : It is best to wait 3 months after an extraction before taking a final impression for a bridge. This will allow complete healing and tissue maturation.... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
If : If you shoot for 2 minutes, you might get 30 seconds. At this age, as long as possible. Build habits of long brushing sessions so your child will know... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Lasers are safe: There is no damage from teeth whitening when done by a dentist or in a dental office. All bets are off at mall kiosks.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
100% YES: You don't know the severity of your condition without a study of some sort. Perhaps not a polysomnogram, but a home sleep test/screen can help. Tr... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
What : What you are feeling is called an "osmotic change" due to saliva not having as much water when very sugary. Fluid concentration is shifted out of the... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Tonsils often large: There are many variables with obstructive sleep apnea, and tonsils are often part of the problem. Even with removal, the treatment may be incomplete.... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Rotations: Despite their best efforts, rotated teeth are a challenge with invisalign.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
6 months: A general rule of thumb is 6 months, some cases as early as 3 months. Gum tissue is ok at 8-12 week mark for a bridge, but implants need mature bone ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Leverage: Some dental implants are placed only for the orthodontic treatment. These are called temporary anchorage devices (tad). This can make treatment much... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
One : One of the great things about modern dental materials is their color stability. One of the bad things about modern dental materials is their color st... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Because : Because it is addressing a functional issue, it is not considered cosmetic. While the result will look pretty, it is replacing missing teeth so not co... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
While : While charts may say teeth will erupt at certain ages, they are averages. Some people have a different "dental age" than others, but that is ok. It ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
No : No permanent damage is done with the whitening processes in the dental office, but there can be some tenderness. This is normally due to desiccation ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dec 17, 2012
Dr. Timmerman is a talented and knowledgeable dentist who spends much of his free time in continuing education to learn the newest and best ways to take care of his patients. I would not hesitate to ...Read More
Nov 30, 2012
I have known Dr Timmerman for several years as we both participate on an internet dental professional forum of which Dr. Timmerman is a frequent contributor. His insights on varying topics are held in...Read More
Nov 30, 2012
Dr. Timmerman has that rare gift of taking what can be very confusing about dentistry and making it very easy to understand. It's a rare gift to have and one that I compliment and commend Dr. Timmerm...Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry
MD

Awards

Best of Western Washington, King 5 News
WIN Foundation Dentist of the Year

Affiliations

Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics
International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics
International Congress of Oral Implantologists
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