Having a Tooth Knocked Out Requires Quality Care

Your teeth are anchored into the socket by strong periodontal ligaments. Having a tooth knocked out by a hard fall or blow to the face is always a traumatic experience. With that in mind, your dentist, Dr. , offers these basic first-aid insights to help you minimize the pain and improve your chances of successfully… Read more »

Compromised Jawbone Can Often Be Restored with a Bone Graft

When a tooth is knocked out of place or lost to severe decay or extraction, it often takes some of the surrounding bone tissues with it. In a situation like this, the compromised bone structure can limit your options for restoring a lost tooth. This is especially true for anchoring a dental implant. In a… Read more »

What Can Dentures Do for You?

Dentures are normally associated with the elderly, but they can be useful for others as well. In fact, anyone who is missing teeth can benefit from using dentures. Fortunately, great strides have been made in recent years, leading to much more effective dentures. Do you know what the benefits of dentures actually are? Having dentures… Read more »

Keeping Your Smile Healthy While Wearing Braces

At Rainier Dental Center in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta and our dedicated team are happy to provide oral care for our patients straightening their smile with braces. Taking care of your teeth and gums is important to a healthy smile, and if you are currently in braces, you will want to go the extra mile… Read more »

The Best Way to Properly Clean Your Tongue

Many people, including denture wearers find that cleaning their tongue in their daily oral hygiene routine helps to maintain good oral health and improve chronic bad breath. Your tongue has a lot of rough surfaces that can harbor bacteria, and by giving your tongue a thorough cleaning at least once a day you can help… Read more »

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

In an emergency, regardless of whether someone is hurt or a building is on fire, time is of the essence. The same is true for a dental emergency. It is crucial to get to a dentist as soon as possible. Here are some things you can do in the meantime to help ensure a positive… Read more »

For Those with Dental Anxiety

There are many people who experience anxiety when they visit a dental office. The thought of sitting in a dental chair may make them nervous, or even afraid. Some people will avoid going to the dentist unless there is no other choice. Are you one of these people? Set your fears aside! At our dental… Read more »

Are You Ignoring Wisdom Teeth Problems?

Long ago when our ancestors were roaming the earth trying to survive, they needed the third molars to help chew the kinds of food they ate. Our diets have since evolved, making these third molars, or wisdom teeth, as they are commonly known, superfluous. Today our jaws are smaller than theirs were back then, and… Read more »

Advanced Gum Disease Can Be Resolved With Gingival Flap Surgery

An ineffective oral hygiene routine can lead to an excessive amount of tartar buildup at the gum line. Tartar at the gum line is the most common cause of gum disease. If gum disease is not resolved early, the infection and subsequent inflammation can cause your gums to recede from your teeth creating pockets of… Read more »


It’s that time of year again when insurance benefits will be lost. In some cases insurance benefits will be forfeited if plan requirements are not met by year’s end. In addition we want to remind all patients that regular periodontal examination and cleaning of teeth is very important for overall good health. Please call to make an appointment… Read more »