At Becerra Dental Studio, your smile is our top priority!
Becerra Dental Studio is the premier dental studio in Downey, California. Dr. Fernando Becerra and his staff will greet you with a smile, and provide you a confortable and enjoyable visit. Part of our commitment to serving our patients in our dental office involves providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs. Our goal is to always exceed your expectations.
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Dr. Becerra grew up with his parents pushing him and his six brothers to not only get an education, but be very goal oriented and excel at everything they did. Dr. Becerra dis just that by graduating Summa Cum Laude from his dental school in Colombia. Being the goal oriented individual he was, Dr. Becerra set his goal to practice dentistry in the United States. He returned to an international dental program fro two additional years before coming to California. Dr. Becerra has now been practicing dentistry for over 20 years.
Our team strives to provide you with a comfortable environment and give you information to help you make educated decisions regarding your dental care.
Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your oral health baseline. Dr. Becerra will perform a complete oral examination which includes an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, an analysis of your occlusion (bite) and a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures and of the oral anatomy.
Digital x-rays can each be used to examine teeth for virtually any problem or disorder. They are programmed for magnification, colorization, and measurement to give the dentist the highest level of accuracy. Images can be magnified 1800x. This procedure increases the dentist’s diagnostic capability tremendously. Digital radiography utilizes computerized equipment and software to capture x-ray images of your mouth and teeth. We do this by exposing a small sensor, or plate, that feeds the image into a computer.
All patients should have a standard cleaning at least twice a year. A child should have a prophy and fluoride treatment twice a year. A cleaning on an adult might include an adult prophy (basic cleaning), and/or a periodontal scaling and root planning. We have a periodontist on staff to treat patients who have more advanced gum disease.
Tooth-colored fillings offer several advantages over traditional metal amalgam fillings, including an improved cosmetic appearance compared to metal fillings, which are much more obvious and tend to become darker over time. They also can be shaped so they feel comfortable and help to support a healthy, balanced bite. Plus, the material itself adheres well to the tooth surface, using a special solution to prepare the surface so it bonds with the tooth instead of simply laying on top and enabling decay-causing bacteria to “leak in” around the edges. And of course, tooth-colored fillings contain no mercury; metal fillings contain large amounts of mercury, which can pose health dangers.
Crowns protect damaged or weak teeth and cover large fillings with a durable material designed to hide cosmetic imperfections in addition to providing added stability. Crowns can be tinted to match your natural teeth, and they can be used to repair broken or decayed teeth and to strengthen teeth and hide discoloration following a root canal procedure. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. The reasons for this type of restoration in a badly damaged tooth are durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of the chewing function.
A bridge is beneficial because it restores function and aesthetics where needed. The loss of a tooth can cause a number of problems, including loss of chewing effectiveness, increased stress on the remaining teeth to “pick up the slack,” shifting of the teeth behind and above the tooth which is lost, leaving other teeth non-functional and continuing the cycle. And lost front teeth pose an aesthetic dilemma for most people.
An excellent alternative to porcelain crowns, dental veneers can perfect your smile by masking stains, hiding chips, correcting misalignment, and creating uniformity. Dental veneers, which are made of thin, customized material designed to slide over the teeth, look incredibly natural, are long lasting, and are relatively easy to apply.
Dentures are essentially removable replacements for missing teeth. Two types of dentures are available: complete, or full, dentures and partial dentures. Patients who need to replace an entire row of teeth use full dentures. On the other hand, partial dentures, or partials, are used when only a few of the teeth need to be replaced and some of the natural teeth are still intact. Full and partial dentures are fabricated to resemble natural teeth as closely as possible while also taking into consideration the patient’s comfort when wearing them.
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that attach to the jaw with metal posts implanted into the bone. These posts act as artificial tooth roots to support a prosthetic tooth, or crown, that replaces a tooth lost to decay or trauma. Dr. Tanios believes in saving teeth, however, if teeth cannot be saved, dentures are the best option to enable the patient to resume normal functions. If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can be used to replace your missing teeth – improving your health as well as your appearance. Dentures prevent the sagging of facial muscles, which makes a person with no teeth look much older. Dentures also enable you to eat and speak normally, little things often taken for granted until natural teeth are lost.
Maxillofacial surgery is the treatment of problems affecting the mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and related facial structures. Procedures are often performed on patients with skeletal and dental irregularities that occur as a result of congenital defects, injury, disease or other factors. Maxillofacial surgery is also performed to treat patients with oral cancer, tumors and cysts of the jaws.
You and Dr. Becerra may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
Root canal therapy is used to eliminate infection from the pulp of a tooth. The pulp chambers are the hollow spaces within the tooth that contain nerves, blood vessels, and other cellular structures. Root canals are one of the most widely used methods to preserve the patient’s teeth and save them from extraction.
Invisalign is popular with adults and older teenagers who are seeking an aesthetic approach to straightening their teeth. Unlike braces, which are attached to each tooth, Invisalign clear aligners slip over the teeth. The aligners are made of a clear, smooth plastic that is very lightweight and comfortable. People wear them 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, drink, or brush their teeth.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children by age 8 see and orthodontist to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and if it is the best time for the patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and influence the eruption of incoming permanent teeth.
Teeth can become discolored for different reasons. The most common cause can be attributed to the foods we eat. Many foods, including coffee, tea, red wine and many types of spices can cause tooth staining and yellowing. Poor dental hygiene and skipping routine dental cleanings can also cause teeth to become dull and discolored. All of these causes can be addressed with in-office and take-home teeth whitening procedures using special whitening agents.
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471 Stonewood St.
Downey, CA 90241
Phone: (562) 904-4800
Monday: 10am - 7pm
Tuesday: 10am - 7pm
Wednesday: 10am - 7pm
Thursday: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 7pm