General Dentistry

General Dentistry services offered in Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Sumner and Tacoma, WA

General Dentistry

Routine general dentistry appointments preserve your teeth and gums and reduce your risk of common oral health problems like cavities and periodontal disease. At Rainier Dental in Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Sumner, and Tacoma, Washington, the team of skilled dentists provides general dentistry to people of all ages, including teeth cleanings, fillings, and dental X-rays. Call the nearest Rainier Dental office today to schedule an appointment or book your visit online. 

General Dentistry Q&A

I have healthy teeth and gums. Is general dentistry necessary?

Scheduling general dentistry at least twice a year is key to protecting your oral health. Many potentially serious problems, like cavities and gum disease, develop slowly without warning. Routine exams, X-rays, and teeth cleanings prevent plaque buildup and alert you to potential problems when they respond best to treatment. 

What services does general dentistry include?

The Rainier Dental team offers various general dentistry services, including:

Teeth cleanings

Professional teeth cleaning removes plaque –– a mixture of food particles, bacteria, and saliva –– from the surfaces of your teeth and beneath your gums. You need routine teeth cleaning, even if you brush and floss daily. 

Dental X-rays

Dental X-rays use advanced imaging technology to take photos of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar (the bone that supports your upper teeth). X-rays provide a noninvasive way to check for cavities, bone loss, and other potentially serious problems. 


An extraction is a common type of oral surgery. During treatment, your Rainier Dental provider removes a damaged or severely decaying tooth from its socket. The team only recommends extractions when other, less invasive forms of treatment aren’t successful. 

Restorative dentistry

Restorative dentistry is a general dentistry subspecialty that repairs damaged or decaying teeth. The Rainier Dental team offers several types of restorations, including fillings, bridges, crowns, and dental implants. 

Root canal therapy

Root canal therapy is an oral surgery that treats infected or inflamed tooth pulp –– a soft substance inside your teeth containing nerves and blood vessels. Removing infected pulp preserves your tooth, preventing the need for an extraction.


Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment used to straighten your teeth or jaw. It uses removable plastic aligners to correct bite abnormalities like crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth.

What should I bring to a general dentistry appointment?

Bring the following items to get the most out of your general dentistry appointment at Rainier Dental:

  • Dental insurance information
  • A list of the vitamins, supplements, and medications you take
  • Questions or oral health concerns that you want to discuss
  • Names and contact information of your previous dentists
  • Results from recent tests, like oral X-rays

Brush and floss before visiting the office, and arrive at least 15 minutes early so you have time to complete new patient paperwork.

Call Rainier Dental today to schedule a general dentistry appointment, or book your visit online.