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Interested in Dental Implants? Hear This Patient’s Story!

Image of a patient's mouth getting dental implants.

Today, we are honored to feature a patient’s dental implants before-and-after case.

You’ll learn about his smile journey, including how we made his dental implants affordable.

Why he needed dental implants

Like most people with missing teeth:

Our patient wasn’t happy with his inability to chew food comfortably or effectively. Over time, his teeth suffered damage from excessive force.

He also didn’t love the appearance of his smile.

The solution to replace his missing teeth

He came to Dr. Dominick Curalli for a restorative dentistry consultation.

After a thorough exam, our Ballard dentist recommended dental implants to restore his smile.

But he wasn’t initially sold.

You see:

This patient had some reservations about tooth implants, including:

  • Cost
  • Number of appointments
  • Surgeries

Let’s break it down more…

During dental implant treatment close up.

(Keep scrolling to see our patient’s new smile after getting dental implants)

The cost of dental implants

This patient was concerned about being able to afford multiple dental implants.

At Smile Ballard, we understand money is a big reason why you might avoid or delay dental care, which can, in turn, cost you more down the road and do more harm to your smile and oral health. That’s why we offer flexible treatment plans.

In this case:

We phased treatment into stages to coincide with his dental insurance benefit renewals and when he could make payments.

That way, he maximized his dental insurance and saved more money!

We do everything we can to help you take advantage of your benefits.

Explore financing options and see how we maximize your insurance benefits by visiting our Patient Resources page.


Meet with us to see what options are available for you today.

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“I moved to Seattle from Chicago and started seeing Dr. Curalli for an implant. He is a great dentist, and I recommend him to all my friends and coworkers. Everyone in the office is super friendly and professional. Dr. Curalli worked with me to get the perfect implant, and even though I moved out of Ballard, I still drive to see him and his staff.” Nathan D., 5-Star Google Review

Number of appointments and surgeries for dental implants

Dental implants typically require at least three appointments, which can be challenging if you work, go to school, or have children.

This patient needed an additional procedure that required another dental appointment (hence his concern about the cost).

Why did he need it?

You need ample quality bone structure to support an implant post to be a candidate for dental implants. He didn’t have that.

Our patient needed a bone graft procedure, which helps regenerate bone growth. Once successfully healed, he was eligible for implant surgery.

How’d we make it worth the time?

When done right, dental implants can last a long time—10+ years for the crown and a lifetime for the implant post.

Close-up of patient's completed implants

By choosing Smile Ballard for your dental implants in Seattle, you, too, can experience high-quality dentistry with personalized treatment.

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So, to help ensure you get the most out of your time and money, Dr. Curalli partners with expert dental professionals.

He’ll refer you to a local periodontist or oral surgeon to place your implant (they have specialized training on this).

Then to create your crown, he’ll use 3D technology to design the crown with our preferred lab.

This patient saw the value of trusting Dr. Curalli and his expert team to provide the best dental implant outcome.

“I broke a tooth. Dr. Curalli’s staff was very attentive, checking their site on the weekend and emailing and texting me back to offer two appointment times. They were busy when I went in, but they quickly got me into the chair. Dr. Curalli had already reviewed my records. He took a quick look and gave me options. Their billing specialist explained the options and how much my insurance would cover. Then, he and his assistant went to work, explaining what they were doing every step. It was fixed. I was on my way in about an hour with virtually a new tooth. And it is working great. Excellent Work!” Dan M., 5-Star Google Review

The end result:

Before and after photos of dental implants by dentist at Smile Ballard in Seattle, WA

This patient has a fully restored smile using dental implants!

He can eat his favorite foods again—without pain.

The implant post will preserve bone structure and prevent additional bone loss. This keeps his surrounding teeth in place and gives him a supported facial structure to prevent premature aging.

His new teeth make his smile look complete again, giving him a healthier and more handsome appearance.

Want results like this for yourself?

Schedule a consultation for dental implants with Dr. Curalli!

Our dental office is located in Ballard… This text opens a new tab to our Google page…, and serves communities across Seattle, including Greenwood, Queen Anne, West Seattle, Fremont, Northgate, and Shoreline.

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published in January 2021 and has been completely revamped for comprehensiveness and timeliness.

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