Los Angeles area patients ask, are dental fillings painful for a tooth?


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Los Angeles, CA area patients concerned about their oral health and wellness are encouraged to visit their dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and examinations. Dr. Don Mungcal and his team are dedicated to helping patients who visit them at Downtown Dental with their oral health care needs.

One of the most common concerns in dental health and wellness is cavities. Tooth decay can be a serious issue. This is because the decay eats away at the natural enamel of the tooth and can become deep, infecting the dental pulp inside the tooth and causing injury that may require further treatments, such as root canal therapy or even extraction. Diagnosing cavities early is the best way to address them before they become larger.

How are cavities treated?

The best way to treat tooth decay is with dental fillings. Dental fillings are extremely common in general and restorative dentistry. At our practice, we use aesthetic, safe fillings such as composite resin bonding. This is a clay-like material that is tooth-colored and restores the tooth without increasing one's risk of mercury exposure. which can be seen with materials such as silver amalgam. We want patients to feel confident with the materials chosen to restore their smiles. By placing composite resin into the area of decay, it can stop it from becoming a bigger issue and keep patients from experiencing sensitivities that often occur when cavities develop. Due to the color of the filling, patients can have a tooth restored without it being obvious to others.

Are tooth fillings painful?

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Absolutely not! At Downtown Dental, we provide proper anesthetics, and sedation if desired, to help patients feel comfortable throughout the procedure. Anesthetics keep patients from feeling any discomfort while the treatment is performed. During treatment, the dentist will remove the decay and prepare the area for the placement of a composite resin filling. The area is disinfected, and then composite resin is placed into the tooth and along the outside of the structure. A special light is shined onto the tooth to harden the material, which is then smoothed and polished to look just like the existing enamel of the tooth. Once complete, it is practically impossible to see that the tooth has been restored with composite resin. This is extremely beneficial when compared to traditional silver amalgam fillings, which are dark and highly noticeable when patients smile, laugh, or talk with others.

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What can happen if tooth decay is not treated?

  • The area of decay may become larger and deeper
  • The decay may reach the dental pulp within the tooth and result in an infection
  • The patient may require root canal therapy to save the tooth
  • If root canal therapy fails to successfully maintain the tooth, an extraction may be needed
  • Patients may be faced with having to replace their missing teeth with dentures, bridges, or implants

Is tooth decay preventable?

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Tooth decay, as well as periodontal disease, is generally preventable with proper maintenance of the smile. Patients are encouraged to see their dentist regularly to monitor their oral health and wellness and ensure these conditions are not developing. The earlier they are detected, the easier they are to treat. However, with proper care, including brushing and flossing, patients can help keep their smile healthy without having these issues arise. Our team of professionals may educate patients on how to care for their teeth and restorations to keep them from developing any of these conditions within the smile. Dr. Don Mungcal believes in patient education for better oral health.

Interested in learning more about dental fillings and other restorations?

Contact the dedicated team at Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Don Mungcal and his professionals are here to assist individuals in addressing areas of decay with safe, aesthetic fillings such as composite resin. Our office is here to help. Call us at (213) 863-9464 to book a consultation appointment and discuss your dental health needs with us. We are conveniently located in Suite #204 at 255 South Grand Avenue.

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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.
So glad I started going here!"
"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.

Thank you guys!"
"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 but...trust me...it 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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