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.


  • Dr. Don Mungcal
  • Dr. Elizabeth Loftus
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.

Dr. Mungcal 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. Elizabeth Loftus is a qualified dentist from Sacramento who truly loves the art of dentistry and helping people with their oral health and dental needs. She pursued her higher education at USC, where her initial area of focus was biomedical engineering.

However, after an internship undertaken at a dental office, she came to the realization that dentistry was her true calling, and then onwards dedicated her time and energy to serving dental care patients to the best of her ability.

She is an advocate for positive dental experiences for her patients and making sure they always are relaxed and calm whenever they undergo dental procedures.

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I actually owe a debt to Downtown Dental because they caught my oral cancer. I went to them because I had a bump on my tongue and thankfully they ordered a biopsy immediately (same day). The staff has been wonderful to me (even sending me a get well card during my cancer treatment). They do great work - the crowns are made in the office to save you time - and they are very upfront on pricing. You know exactly what you will pay. They are also very flexible on appointments. And they validate parking! They also have taken COVID precautions very seriously. Very professional and well-organized. Highly recommend them.
The staff here on its own deserves the five stars. Everyone is so friendly and take there time to get to know you as a patient. There very easy to work with on what’s best for you in the long run with insurance and dental care. On top of them making you feel comfortable, you can tell that they actually care about you and your dental health. The parking is also super easy and they validate so you don’t have to pay. I’d highly recommend coming here!
I am so glad I came to Downtown Dental. From the moment I walked into the office I was met with a smile and a warm welcome. During my first visit, a dental plan was made for me and they got to work right away. I have never experienced such attention to detail and such excellent customer service at a dental office. During my root canal procedure and fillings everyone was extremely helpful and constantly making sure I was comfortable. Since then, I am encouraging everyone to check out Downtown Dental, they really are amazing.
Best experience I have ever had in 40 plus years of Dentist visits. Crazy friendly people, every last one of them. Such a pleasant experience. If you need a Dentist this is the place to go. The Doctor is awesome as well.
This place has been my dentist my whole life and I won't consider going anywhere else. Everyone is nice and accommodating and the doctor knows his stuff. I just had pinhole gum rejuvenation surgery and the results are awesome. The staff really looks out for your best interest and the doctor will assure you have a great smile...pain free too..
If your looking for a Dental office that does good quality and precise work . With care and a gentle touch . then Downtown Dental is the place for you ! I got an extraction here and they made me feel comfortable and always checked to see how I was feeling and doing ! Dr. Mungcal is easily one of the best dentist in LA.
Most updated equipment ive ever seen in a dental office, pain less wisdom teeth extraction and comfortable throughout the entire process. Dr.Mungcal, Lali and the entire staff make a great team!! Thank you Downtown Dental!!
Amazing staff, efficient, professional, and all around incredible! We love the technology they have right in their office making our appointments time effective. Dr. Mungcal and his crew are amazing!
The staff is very knowledgeable and professional. My experience here is always great! Couldn't be happier
I have been going to downtown dental for years and I just can't recommend them enough. Priyam and Sussie are extra amazing, as is the entire team there!
Absolutely amazing experience at Downtown Dental! The staff is so kind and really welcome you in. Overall the dental care has been incredible and I highly, highly recommend coming here for any dental need.

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