Dentists of Mukilteo open new offices
Last updated 12/18/2019 at 12:01pm
The Dentists of Mukilteo hosted a ribbon cuttings for its new offices Dec. 11. It is located at 12502 Mukilteo Speedway Ste 108.
The Chamber of Commerce, local residents, and family members celebrated the opening with food, drinks, prizes and an office scavenger hunt. Mayor Jennifer Gregerson and people from the sister office in Everett also made appearances at the ribbon cutting.
Office manager Eliza Gonzalez said the office had previously opened to the public Nov. 5.
“It was relaxing for a networking event,” Dr. Esther Ra said. She opened the clinic with goals to help others receive dental care without the burden of expensive bills.
Ra spent 10 years at the University of Washington for both undergraduate studies and dental school. Her path to Mukilteo started as a child when she did not have dental insurance. Ra said she did not visit a dentist until 18 years old.
She decided the Seattle was “too claustrophobic” to start a practice. Ra said she thrives in the suburbs. She moved to Mukilteo to find a permanent home.
“I have a big passion for helping people,” Ra said. “I love coming to work everyday.”
Dentists of Mukilteo specializes in dental hygiene, root canals, fillings, gum disease, oral surgery, teeth whitening, implants, and veneers.
The practice also focuses on dental crowns. Gonzalez said the office offers two-hour procedures. A dental crown restores a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. With proper care, the life of a crown can range from 5 to 15 years.
Ra encourages routine dental checkups for patients of all ages. She said they are the best way to detect problems at the earliest stages. The family practice is available for young children and senior citizens.
“I love kids,” Ra said. “I’m a big kid myself.”
Ra is proud of the technology available at her clinic. They offer digital x-rays, which detect dental problems that cannot be found during a visual exam. The digital x-rays provide instant results and emit 90% less radiation.
Three-dimensional imaging technology is also used to determine the exact position and shape of each tooth. The gingival pocket exam helps to find any risks of gum disease caused by food debris and plaque. If not detected early, tooth damage and infection can lead to worse problems.
Above all, Ra wants her patients to be able to afford dental visits. Gonzalez said benefit coordinators help to maximize dental benefits and minimize out-of-pocket costs. The practice will offer options for taking care of remaining balances that insurance may not cover.
Dentists of Mukilteo offers two payment options: Smile Generation Financial and My Smile Dental Plan. Each plan provides low-cost care and limited fees. Benefit coordinators can also help determine which plan fits for specific people.
The clinic is currently offering $59 cleanings, exams, and digital x-rays. Interested parties can book an appointment on their website: https://www.dentistsofmukilteo.com/.