Kirk E. King, DDS
I love helping people, and dentistry enables me to provide gentle, personal care for the families in my community. As a dentist, I am able to have regular interaction with my patients, often starting as a child and I enjoy getting to know generations of families in our practice. Often, our patients are our neighbors, or friends of friends, and I treat each patient as if they were in my family. I will only offer the highest quality services and treatments that I know will work for their particular needs or situation.
Education and Continuing Education
Prior to becoming a dentist, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and then attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry. In 1998 I graduated with my DDS, and have been serving the families of the Northwest since.
I know that part of being a good dentist means continuously learning the best techniques and methods that are always changing and evolving. As part of my continuing education, I participate in local dental study clubs, where dentists get together to collaborate on techniques and learn from each other. Oftentimes, specialists or speakers are brought in to educate the group. I also regularly attend local and regional dental meetings to learn about current techniques and materials.
I love participating in continuing education. One of the great aspects of dentistry is the lifelong learning opportunity. I always want to provide my patients with the highest quality services, and the more I learn about emerging technologies and methods, the better dental experience I can offer my community.
In the Practice
I have been practicing dentistry since 1998, and truly love what I do. Renton has been my dental home since 2000, and I always enjoy getting to know the people of this area. I enjoy every aspect of my job, from incorporating art and science into my profession to building personal relationships with my patients. When a patient comes to me with discomfort, I am grateful to have the skills to help them. Their smiles at the end of an appointment always make my day!
I feel it is important to ask a lot of questions in order to provide the most comprehensive care possible. I strive to understand the patient’s health history as well as their family history, since many dental health problems can be genetic. But that is only one aspect, I also try to listen and hear what my patient is telling me about their needs. I believe in truly comprehensive care, and take the time to know all aspects of my patients’ dental and overall health.
I take a deep interest in my patients and their well being. I'm fortunate in that my staff truly care about each patient, and about what we do every day. Our patients appreciate the friendliness and honesty of our team, and we all love to laugh together! Dentistry is fun, and I want our patients to look forward to each visit with us.
I was born in Washington, DC and grew up on Mercer Island. After graduating I practiced in Eastern Washington with one of my brothers and at a Community Health Center, La Clinica, I live in Seattle, and love the wide variety of activities from water to mountains! My mom lives in Issaquah, and my three brothers and three sisters all live in Washington.
In my spare time, I love to travel, Scuba dive, listen to music, read, go to good movies, hike, ski, and do anything outdoors! I enjoy reading about new technology and how our society is changing with the times. I also simply love dentistry, so I find myself often reading about emerging treatments on my time off! Most of my travel revolves around diving, off the beaten path, or new experiences. I have been through Europe, Morocco, Ireland (I know part of Europe...), the Caribbean, Alaska, and Central and South America.
In the Dental Community
I am very involved in local professional organizations, and am active in the Seattle-King County Dental Society, the Washington State Dental Association, and the University of Washington School of Dentistry.
I currently serve as a member of the Executive Council of the Seattle-King County Dental Society and have served as the Treasurer and as a representative from SKCDS to our State Association. I previously served on the Board of Directors of a WSDA subsidiary, completing my term as it's President, and I have also served on the Board of Directors of DentPAC, the Political Action Committee of the WSDA. We are actively involved in protecting and improving the oral health of the citizens of our state at the local and state level.
I have also been involved with NW Precedent, a five-state National Institute of Health that helps fund research based out of the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University dental schools. I have been active in NW Precedent since it began, and have held an affiliate faculty appointment at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in the Dental Public Health Sciences Department. We are doing a lot of exciting research directly impacting the way we practice dentistry in our community. This was a really unique opportunity, and I am proud to say we were among just a few dentists in the Seattle area who participated.
Further, I am a member of the Washington Academy of General Dentistry and was awarded Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and honorary international dental organization which requires nomination by fellow dentists for recognition of my contributions to our profession.
Washington State Dental Association
The Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) has been the voice of dentistry in Washington since its inception in 1887. Over 4,000 members strong (over 80 percent of practicing dental professionals in the state), the Association exists to promote oral health of the highest quality.