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Preventive Dentistry in Longview

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Three Rivers Dental provides preventive dental services in Longview, WA. Call 360-803-8003 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Comprehensive Evaluation / Oral Examination

Comprehensive Evaluation

An oral examination is a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck, performed to detect abnormalities. Low radiation digital imaging allows for a more complete examination, helping the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head and neck area.

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Dental Cleaning

Dental Cleaning

A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.

Fluoride Treatment

Flouride Treatment

Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at this office as an important component of pediatric dental treatment. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form.

Custom Oral Appliances

Oral Appliance

Our office can fabricate custom oral appliances that can protect your teeth and gums during sports, alleviate sleep apnea symptoms to provide an open airway while you sleep, or relieve stress on the temporomandibular joint caused by clenching or grinding of the teeth.

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Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planning
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth roots after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment
Root canals are most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected. When root canal therapy is performed, infected or inflamed pulp is removed from the tooth chamber. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed to limit the possibility of future infection. Soon after the root canal is performed, the tooth is restored with a dental crown or filling to protect the tooth and restore normal tooth function.


Woman with Painful tooth

A tooth that can not be saved with restorative procedures may need to be removed. Before removal of the tooth, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. The tooth is loosened from the jawbone and surrounding ligaments and tissues with a gentle rocking motion. Once it is loose, it is gently removed. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.

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Frequently Asked Questions About General Dentistry

How often should my family have dental cleanings?
The recommended schedule for dental cleanings for the average patient is every 6 months. This applies to both adults and children in most cases, meaning the whole family can come together for dental appointments twice a year.
Are cleanings covered by dental insurance?
Most dental insurance plans cover preventive care, including routine dental cleanings and exams twice a year. Contact your insurance provider or refer to your benefits guide for specific information about your plan and coverage.
At what age should a child start going to the dentist?
Children should have their first dental appointment around age one or within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth. This allows children to get used to going to the dentist from a young age, reducing the chances of dental anxiety. It also allows for early detection of any dental or oral health problems that may be present.
How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day is typically an effective schedule for most patients. However, if you are prone to gum disease or tooth decay, it may be better to brush your teeth more frequently, such as after eating.
Should I use an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush?
Both types of toothbrushes can be effective, but it depends on your individual needs. It also depends on the brand, as not all work the same way. We would be happy to discuss toothbrush options with you at your next appointment.

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Call 360-803-8003 to schedule an appointment.

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620 Triangle Shopping Center, Suite 660 Longview, WA 98632
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