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.
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.
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.
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.
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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