Not The End Of The World – Root Canals in Lafayette CO

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Root canal. These are among the most ominous words in dentistry. But at Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, they don’t have to be.

A successful root canal (known formally as endodontic treatment) can save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp of the affected tooth are removed. What remains is the tooth’s interior – the canal – which is cleaned and disinfected. The next step is filling and sealing the cleaned area with a special rubbery material, and then protecting the restored tooth with a crown or filling.

The most common reason to need one is that a tooth’s roots have become inflamed or infected. Root canals can be a straightforward procedure, not much different than having a cavity filled. The area where the treatment is taking place is numbed beforehand. Even so, some of our patients have anxiety at thought of most procedures. If you’re one of them, ask us about sedation dentistry.

If you have a tooth that is bothering you, don’t put off calling us, because it won’t get better on its own. In addition to root canals, Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO provides general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and treatment for gum disease. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry:


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1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado


Lafayette Endodontics

Lafayette EndodonticsHave you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our Lafayette dentistry patients and many report minimal discomfort. Root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many root canal patients, the procedure is no worse than getting a filling from your dental professional.

At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, our goal is to help our Longmont, Louisville, and Broomfield root canal patients avoid the necessity of  endodontic treatment by providing skilled dental care. However, if root canal therapy is necessary to preserve a tooth for one of our root canal patients, we provide the most advanced dental care.

How do you know if you need a root canal? See Dr. Gordon West immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. However, for some patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is crucial to visit your local dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination.

Call Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, at 720-862-3630 to schedule an appointment.

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