Dental crowns and bridges are effective treatment options for damaged or missing teeth in Los Angeles


Dental Crowns and Bridges Treatment in Los Angeles area
When you have missing, damaged, or decayed teeth, even the simplest activities such as chewing and talking can be painful and embarrassing. Fortunately, you don’t need to live in pain and can reclaim your quality of life with effective treatment options provided by Dr. Don Mungcal and his associates at Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA. Dental crowns and bridges are two common treatments used to restore your teeth for a natural-looking, beautiful smile.

Dental crowns and bridges explained

Dental crowns and bridges are dental restorations that have been used for many years to replace missing teeth or cover damaged teeth.

Dental crowns are used when the existing tooth is extremely damaged or can’t function normally anymore due to trauma or decay, or when a large filling is needed but there is insufficient enamel left on the tooth to support the filling. Crowns can also be placed on healthy teeth when a dental bridge or partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth. Dental crowns are like a cap for your tooth. They are made of a thin piece of material and permanently bonded over the top of your existing tooth. The material used for dental crowns varies depending on your oral health needs and preference; stainless steel, gold, porcelain, resin, and ceramic are common options. Ceramic and porcelain crowns look the most natural but are somewhat less sturdy than all-metal crowns or crowns where porcelain is fused to metal. Your dentist can discuss the pros and cons of the various materials with you to arrive at the best option for your unique needs.

Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. They are a very stable and sturdy tooth replacement option and can help bring back the natural function and appearance of your teeth, as well as prevent excessive wear and tear on your existing healthy teeth. Bridges consist of two parts: false teeth that are created to look like your existing teeth in shape, size, and color, and crowns on each side of the missing teeth that are used to keep the bridge in place.

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Procedure for placing dental crowns and bridges

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After you and the dentist have determined that a crown or bridge is the best treatment choice for you, the first step in placing them is to take impressions or images of your existing teeth so that the crown or bridge can be custom-designed for your mouth for the most natural-looking result. Before the impressions are taken, the dentist will slightly file down and shape the teeth that the crowns will be placed on so that there is room for the crown to sit on top of the tooth without being too large or bulky. This is done with a numbing agent so that you don’t feel pain or discomfort during the process. The dentist will likely then place a temporary crown over the teeth that have been shaped while the permanent crown or bridge is being created.

A few weeks later, the crown or bridge will be ready to place in your mouth. The dentist will remove any temporary crowns and use a strong bonding agent to place the crown or bridge on your teeth. Your crown or bridge should then last for the next five to 15 years, but with good dental care and hygiene, they can last up to 25 or 30 years.

The Downtown Dental difference

Dr. Mungcal has over 20 years of experience and has done thousands of dental restorations. He takes a personalized approach to all dental care that he provides to his patients. He will thoroughly examine your mouth and overall oral health and take any images, such as x-rays, that are needed to complete a full assessment. He will discuss the options that are available for your specific oral health needs and work with you to determine the best options based on your goals, budget, and preferences. The Downtown Dental office is equipped with the latest technology and the highly experienced dentist and staff will provide high-quality treatment in a warm, welcoming environment. If you have anxiety or trepidation about the dentist, Downtown Dental offers sedation dentistry to help relax you and calm your nerves.

Stop living in pain and regain your self-confidence! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Don Mungcal to learn about how you can restore your smile by calling (213) 863-9464 today.

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"I am a legit Patient at this practice. The Doctor is amazing - educated, skilled and patient. Allison, my Dental Hygienist, is really friendly, knowledgeable and proactive about her patients' oral health. In my experience, the office staff at Downtown Dental is always professional, friendly, and thoughtful about my time. Plus, they offer reasonable financing! If you're honest about your budget (for people like me who don't have dental insurance), they can often work with you to stay within budget. I also learned that they use the best equipment in their field and staff gets training often on new dental techniques. If you are someone who works, resides or likes to visit Downtown - this is an especially excellent place to see the dentist periodically.

Downtown Dental is a fantastic Dental practice in the heart of the city. They are located near LA's Cultural hub of museums, concert halls and the like (The Broad, MOCA + more ). But don't let all that (magic) discourage you from making your appointment, because traffic is usually very smooth on Grand and getting in and out of their secure and validated parking lot (in their building) is a breeze. They also have 2 e-car charging stations if that's how you roll. If you work in DTLA, like many, you can even get a lunchtime cleaning!

Sidebar: The office is located inside a gorgeous apartment building, full of high end furnishings, accentuated with stunning street art. You may have even passed by & seen the Subway flags at street level- the dental office is right upstairs. It's worth a try, especially if you want great oral health, love art, culture and the city!"
"Still the best I've ever been to! The entire staff is more than knowledgeable & helpful!

Don't waste your time going to other places, this dentist & his team are your best bet!

They are courteous, flexible, and above all: PROFESSIONAL."
"What an amazing staff and dental team!!

I had four front crowns and 2 root canals done all in about 3 hours! It was pain free! Dr Mungcal was fast and I didn't feel a thing! People compliment my teeth all the time! ...Little do they know they're fake! Very grateful!!! I am in Invisalign now and love how it stopped me from clenching and grinding my teeth! My teeth and gums are healthy because of all the amazing dental work they have done and continue to do!! Oh ...And they offered nitrous which made the whole experience awesome! Go here if you want dental work done right!!"
"Downtown dental made my cavity experience as painless as possible, and the technology they use is so up to date and accurate.

The staff are also very friendly and know the best habits for having a healthy mouth.
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"Absolutely the best dental office! In all reality I used to hate going to the dentist I would cancel my appointments at my old Drs office all the time !! But the Hygienists and the staff in general are so welcoming and make you wanna keep coming back. They are always ready to deliver and Allison did an amazing job on my teeth cleaning thank you for that"
"This review is long overdue. I've been a patient at downtown dental since 2005 and have had nothing but positive experiences. I've had quite a bit of dental work and when I had a cracked crown recently, they scheduled me the next day and replaced it at no charge. They would have scheduled me that day but sadly, I'm no longer a patient as I've moved to NorCal. I felt like they really went out of the way to accommodate me and I appreciate that! Thanks guys!!"
"Great practice, the doctors and assistants are very professional, helpful and pleasant. They make dental appointments almost enjoyable...not something I thought possible!

Katie the hygienist is not only gentle, professional and very professional but also inspiring. She makes you want to have the best gums in Los Angeles.

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"The team at Downtown Dental are the best! They have done both an implant and Invisalign for me. They keep me informed about all the steps and always get me in and out quickly! I love that they can do everything right in their own offices too."
"My story is: I chipped a took eating cereal! Who does that!?! (The cereal was crunchy I'll admit). I went to Downtown Dental and Dr. Mungcal evaluated my situation and realized my bite needed to be adjusted. I grind my teeth at night also so the combination of it all was wearing my teeth down. He recommended invisalign to align my bite. I was hesitant because it's pricey was SO WORTH IT!!! 8 months later, my bite is fixed and aligned and my teeth are straighter which is a bonus! I am only 34 and I want to keep my teeth healthy and strong for a long time! Dr. Mungcal and the entire staff are amazing and took GREAT care of me. You can rest assured you will be taken care of by them!"
"Came to downtown dental with my husband for his first dental implant. He was very nervous on getting this procedure done.. From his experience he said the staff were super friendly made him feel very welcomed..the dentist made his procedure quick and painless my husband didn't even need his medication for the swelling or pain ... Highly recommend... We Will be coming here from now on for our dental needs."

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