When caught early, tooth decay is addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the decay and close off the area. But when the decay expands beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, you will need a root canal. Also known as an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Alpine Dental Arts removes the infected pulp from the tooth, cleans the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. Dr. Justin Becerra may recommend root canal therapy to his Lakewood, CO patients because it treats the infection and keeps the decay from spreading to other teeth (and creating larger problems).
If you suspect you could benefit from root canal therapy, we understand you might have reservations about having this procedure. Though root canals are common dental treatments, patients often put off going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of dental anxiety. Dr. Becerra and his staff will do their very best to make sure you are at ease and comfortable, and we also provide several methods of sedation for any fear and anxiety. Call Alpine Dental Arts to schedule a consult with Dr. Becerra for more information on sedation options and root canal therapy.
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"If you’ve ever felt anxiety about going to the dentist - look no more! Alpine Dental Arts provides a dentist, Justin Becerra, DDS, and staff that will ease your worries! My husband and I had been discussing changing our dentist. A friend of our family was insistent that we give her dentist a try, because her entire family was so impressed with them. My husband and I decided to give Alpine Dental Arts a try, and we actually signed up with a new dental plan to make that happen.We were NOT disappointed ~ Dr Becerra and his staff are amazing! We all know how important the front desk is for first impressions and accommodations. Ramona and Kathy are very welcoming to each and every client, greeting them by name. They are very knowledgeable on dental procedures, and are always willing to assist with all insurance needs. They share a great sense of humor, as does the entire staff, which always helps to make you feel a little more relaxed and comfortable, especially in a dental office.I had the pleasure of having my first 6 month checkup/cleaning done by Crystal. She did a fabulous job with cleaning my teeth, and I told her that she was the first hygienist to clean my teeth without any discomfort. After my cleanings, I leave their office feeling like I had not been to the dentist. Crystal is very professional, does a great job as a hygienist, and is very calming. I have not had the pleasure of working with Joan, but I’m sure she is just as accommodating and professional.Then there is Barb, who has totally turned my life around with a beautiful smile! She accomplished this without me having to go through expensive braces or invasive procedures. I’m 65, and had pretty much planned on dealing with my teeth as they were from here on out. Over the years, they had turned yellow, and it was difficult for me to smile when having my picture taken. The tops of my front lower teeth had been chiseled away by my teeth grinding. I had two upper, pointed canines that had open spaces between nearby teeth. I finally decided to have my teeth whitened professionally, since the over the counter products didn’t seem to do the job. Barb was so patient and explained the whitening process very thoroughly. During my followup visit, she suggested I might be interested in having some bonding work done on the above mentioned problem areas. I wasn’t even aware of such procedures. She actually performed a quick sample of the procedure on my teeth so I would have an idea of what it would look like (before and after). Needless to say, I had the procedures done by Barb, at a low cost. She was very careful, and it was obvious she is a perfectionist. She wanted everything placed perfectly and shining. It was a very simple and quick procedure, with no pain, and no novocaine. It did wonders for my self-esteem!The newest member of the team, Justin Becerra, DDS, replaced the previous and wonderful Steven Anundsen, DDS (who retired). Dr Becerra is amazing as well. Both my husband and I felt very comfortable with Dr Becerra, and both agreed that he is definitely well educated in his field. He kept the incredible staff, which was encouraging to their clients, right from the start. He is very professional, and joins the entire staff with the ability to enlighten your day. Kudos to Alpine Dental Arts!"- C.D. / Google / Sep 06, 2018
Infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth can be the result of a deep crack or cavity in the tooth or a physical injury. Some of the most common signs that you may have an infected tooth are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infected pulp is not removed, it will become increasingly painful as the infection spreads to other parts of your mouth. Set up an appointment at Alpine Dental Arts as soon as you feel or see any changes in your mouth. If you have fears and reservations about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your exam and treatment.
What To Expect
Prior to the treatment, your anesthetic/sedation options will be discussed with you by Dr. Becerra. We do not want you to feel fearful, anxious, or on-edge during your appointment. Many individuals request nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to help get them through a root canal. Dr. Becerra is very understanding about dental anxieties, and will try to help you make the appropriate decision on how to proceed.
To perform an endodontic procedure, Dr. Becerra will examine the innermost part of your tooth and then carefully remove the infected pulp. From there, the inner chamber will be thoroughly cleaned to eliminate any leftover debris. Once it is cleaned, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from further decay.
Based on the method of sedation that was chosen, you might need to have an adult take you home following your procedure. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen, but this should not last more than a few days and can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications. You should schedule a follow-up appointment for about six months post-procedure. Dr. Becerra will examine the area to see that the infection is gone and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule annual dental checkups and twice yearly dental cleanings to optimize your oral health.
During your consultation, a member of our team will go over cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and your budget. If you have dental insurance, we will contact your provider to figure out your benefits. If you do not have dental insurance, Alpine Dental Arts takes many payment methods and we can assist you in finding medical financing options.
Root Canal Therapy
Due to advances in medical techniques and technology, a root canal can be a quick, simple process to treat an infected tooth. In conjunction with your choice of sedation, your root canal at Alpine Dental Arts can be free from discomfort to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Call our office in Lakewood, CO to schedule a consult with Dr. Becerra to learn more about root canal therapy and to improve your dental health.