The use of crowns in dentistry dates back to 166-201 AD, when the Etruscans, and early Italian culture, created gold crowns. Since then, crown techniques have evolved tremendously. Today, Dr. Don Mungcal’s patients in Los Angeles benefit from modern technologies and materials for beautiful, healthy smiles.
Gold and noble (non-corrosive) metals remained go-to materials for dental crown for many years. In 1889 Charles Land patented the first ceramic cap. Known as a “jacket crown,” it blended much better with existing teeth, but was prone to cracking. Nevertheless, it was used extensively into the 1950s.
PFM (porcelain fused to metal) crowns were developed in the late 1950s to solve the durability issue. While PFMs are strong, the metal core lacks natural translucency, and a dark area shows at the gum line.
Dental ceramics continued to evolve into materials such as zirconia and porcelain (a refined white clay fired at a high temperature to a glass-like consistency). These materials are strong enough for solid ceramic crowns in any area of the mouth, and they look completely natural.
Dr. Mungcal takes contemporary crown technology a step further with CEREC. With computer design and an in-house milling machine (CAD/CAM), he creates remarkable crowns while you wait:
- Tooth is prepped.
- Digital impressions are taken.
- Crown is fabricated “chairside.”
- Porcelain is stained – shaded to a perfect match to your smile.
- Crown is cemented into place and polished.
- You leave with a restored smile . . . in one visit!
Dental crown are extremely versatile. A crown can be used for cosmetic improvement, to protect a tooth with a large area of decay or damage, to strengthen tooth structure following root canal therapy, as part of a dental bridge, or to top a dental implant.
For more information on dental crown, call Downtown Dental in Los Angeles at 213-863-9464
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Dr. Don Mungcal
Dr. Tara Mavadat
Dr. Ivan Chan
As the cornerstone and founder of Downtown Dental, Dr. Don Mungcal
is a proactive and exceptionally talented dentist who is determined to contribute to the health and wellbeing of his community by attending to their dental care needs.
With over 28 years of experience and service, Dr. Mungcal
makes it his responsibility to be the best version of himself by being his patients’ go-to point for any and all dental concerns. In addition to being meticulous in his work ethic, he is also an individual who understands development and change. He updates and informs himself constantly through various continuous educational programs that he undertakes. He also invests in the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide world-class dental services.
graduated from UCLA
and the University of the Pacific Dental School
and is presently a member of several acclaimed medical associations, including the California Dental Society
Dr. Tara Mavadat
was always passionate about dentistry and is committed to helping patients achieve excellent oral health and beautiful smiles that last long. Having earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry, she focuses on comprehensive general dentistry with an emphasis on preventive dentistry. Her primary goals are to provide comfort and quality as well as exceptional esthetic outcomes to every patient.
Dr. Ivan Chan
is enthusiastic about dentistry and his patients' oral health and is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care. He is a highly skilled dentist who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.
Dr. Chan has extensive training in general dentistry. He focuses on creating lasting smiles while attempting to prevent gum disease and cavities. He looks forward to assisting you with all your needs while assuring you that your trust is always in good hands, regardless of your needs!