Dentist in Castle Rock, WA

General Dentistry, Restorative Treatments like Dental Implants and Sedation Dentistry Make Cowlitz River Dental a Comprehensive Practice

At Cowlitz River Dental, Dr. L. Blaine Kennington and his staff are here to help you and every member of your family enjoy the benefits of a smile that is healthy and attractive. Whether you need a cleaning and dental checkup or more advanced treatment such as dental implants, a root canal, periodontal therapy, or even orthodontic treatment, you can depend on our Castle Rock dentist for the oral healthcare you need.

About Dr. Kennington

Dr. Kennington is a highly skilled and well-trained professional. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, worked 18 months with Clinical Research Associates (now Clinician’s Report) and served in the United States Air Force for 12 years. His time in the Air Force included a 2-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. However, his education did not end there. Dr. Kennington takes advanced and continuing education to match his commitment to providing his patients with uncompromising care. Dr. Kennington completed the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s MaxiCourse in 2008, is a certified Associate Fellow of the American Association of Implant Dentists (AAID), and is a founding member of Advanced Dental Implant Studies (ADIS) in Atlanta, Georgia.

General and Preventive Dentistry

No matter how often you see your physician, you may still be unable to avoid illness. However, when you see your Castle Rock dentist Dr. Kennington for regularly scheduled dental checkups, you may actually be able to prevent dental and oral health problems. At your six-month dental exam and cleaning, Dr. Kennington and his team pay very close attention to the condition of your teeth and gums. Beyond cleaning your teeth, we also check each one for early signs of tooth decay. Your teeth are probed for soft spots that may indicate demineralization. We also recommend having digital x-rays at least once a year so we can spot decay happening between teeth or just below the surface.

In addition to monitoring your teeth, we’ll also take a close look at your gums. Just as a house needs a strong foundation to remain stable, your teeth also need this. Gum tissue and the underlying bone structure are that foundation. However, gum disease that begins with the bacteria in plaque can quickly damage and destroy this supporting tissue. Cowlitz River Dental offers periodontal therapy to stop the advance of gum disease and restore oral health.

Dental Implants and Other Treatments

Experienced in implant dentistry, Dr. Kennington is able to restore patients’ functional and appealing smiles with lifelike dental implants. Whether you’ve lost just one tooth or many teeth, we can use dental implants to firmly secure a prosthetic tooth, bridge, or denture. Each implant is surgically placed in your jawbone to firmly hold a tooth restoration in place. The implant not only renews your smile, but also serves to stimulate healthy bone tissue growth so your jaw remains full and strong.

Other treatments available at Cowlitz River Dental include:

TMJ Therapy

What is TMJ? This is the abbreviated term for temporomandibular joint dysfunction. These joint are located on either side of your face just in front of your ears. Each joint hinges your lower jaw to your skull. For a variety of reasons, these joints can malfunction. As a result, you may notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your jaw or ear
  • A clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth
  • Feeling as if your jaw is stuck or locked in place
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Fatigued facial muscles

Because teeth grinding is often a contributing factor of TMJ, Dr. Kennington can prescribe a custom-fitted night guard. This appliance separates your upper and lower teeth to prevent damage from grinding, and also reduces the stress on your jaw from unnatural pressure.

Sedation Dentistry

If you are one of the millions who have dental fear or anxiety, you no longer need to neglect your oral health. We offer three types of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation. So, regardless of what type of dental treatment you need or your level of nervousness, we have the sedation dentistry that will relax you and allow us to take care of your teeth and gums.

Cosmetic Dentistry with Dr. Kennington

While your oral health is our foremost concern, we also want your smile to make you feel happy and self-confident. That’s why we offer various cosmetic dentistry treatments, including porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. When you visit our Castle Rock, WA, office, we can help you to be proud of the smile you have.

Emergency Dentistry

Most of the time, your visits to Cowlitz River Dental will be conveniently scheduled. If you should happen to have a dental emergency, however, you need a dentist who can see you promptly. Dr. Kennington and his staff are ready and able to see you or a loved for a same-day appointment if necessary. A toothache, chipped tooth, broken denture or a knocked out tooth can all be cared for in our office. Stay calm and call us immediately. A staff member will give you instructions on what to do until you arrive to see Dr. Kennington.

At Cowlitz River Dental, we welcome patients of all ages. We even have a children’s play area in our waiting room, and our children’s dentistry serves the special needs of the youngest members of your family.

Our Castle Rock, Washington dental office serves communities in and around Castle Rock, Silverlake, Toutle, Longview, Kelso, Kalama, Winlock, Toledo, Centralia, Napavine, Chehalis, and Vader, helping patients from southern Washington and northern Oregon have healthy, beautiful smiles. Contact us today for an appointment.