Los Angeles dentist explains the benefits of tooth replacement with dental implants

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Dentist Explains Benefits of Dental Implants in Los Angeles area
You lost a tooth, or several teeth. Now what? The worst thing you can do is nothing, because that little space in your smile will have a big impact on your appearance and oral health. The best answer is to see an experienced Los Angeles dentist. Here at Downtown Dental, we offer several options, and will explain the benefits and disadvantaged of each so that you can make an informed decision.

Dental implants are usually the treatment of choice for several reasons. They can:
  • Help prevent premature facial aging
  • Stabilize adjacent teeth
  • Preserve bone health
  • Last a lifetime
  • Improve chewing efficiency

What happens when you lose a tooth?

If the gap is visible, you are probably most concerned about the cosmetic consequences. For the loss of a back tooth, you might be bothered most by difficulties chewing. In either case, the full effects of untreated tooth loss are much greater than what you see and feel. Here is what happens:
  • In the first few months, injury to the bone and gums will heal. Some degree of gum recession is apparent early on. The missing tooth root leaves a tissue deficit, so the area appears to shrink.
  • Bone cells in the area become less active. They are normally stimulated by the tooth root, which absorbs pressure every time you bite down. Much like exercise makes muscles strong, activity of the tooth root triggers bone regeneration and strengthening. Without this stimulus, the bone actually begins melting away, a process known as resorption in medical terms.
  • Teeth on either side of the gap are subjected to a disproportionate amount of bite force. Meanwhile, bone mass in the area is decreasing, and there is no longer a neighboring tooth for support. The combination of factors causes teeth to lean towards the gap.
  • For many of the same reasons mentioned above, coupled with changes in chewing patterns, some remaining teeth are subject to excess wear and tear, or an increased risk of fracturing and other damage.
  • Cumulatively, the loss of bone and gum tissue, along with worn or leaning teeth, can present a significant change in facial structure. When resting, the jaw might close farther than its natural position, compressing the lower part of the face. Visible effects can include wrinkles, sagging or bunching skin, and changes in the facial profile. Unseen – but often felt – effects include strain on the jaw joint, also known as TMJ (temporomandibular joint), which can cause facial pain, headaches, and more.

Comparing tooth replacement options

Comparing tooth replacement options in Los Angeles CA area
Will a restoration help you avoid the problems discussed above? If you choose dental implants, the answer is an unequivocal “yes.” Other options will improve oral health but may not address the full spectrum of tooth-loss related concerns.

Popular restorative treatments include:
  • Classic dentures – If you want a fast, economical solution that can easily be upgraded later, this is it. Full dentures cover an entire arch, usually held stable by suction force against the mouth. Partials replace only a few teeth and attach to other teeth. In either case, the appliance is removable, so you can easily get implants or possibly a bridge later. The mobility of dentures is also their greatest disadvantage. The appliance might slip or feel uncomfortable, and it will not prevent bone resorption.
  • Bridgework – This is an option if you have a small number of missing teeth. The bridge is a porcelain replacement tooth, attached to dental crowns, which are placed on adjacent teeth holding it in place. The process is relatively fast and affordable, and the result looks natural. A bridge is completely stable, eliminating worries of slippage. The disadvantage to this option is that crown preparation requires permanent tooth alteration. Like dentures, a bridge will not stop bone resorption.
  • Implants – Small but mighty, a dental implant is nothing more than a post, about the size of a tooth root. It is implanted in the jawbone during a minor oral surgery and serves the same function as a tooth root. One or several implants can be placed, and they can support a variety of custom-made porcelain restorations, including specially designed crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implants are the only restoration that replaces tooth roots, and therefore, the only options that helps stop resorption of the bone. This treatment most effectively replicates the functionality, health, and appearance of natural teeth. The disadvantage is that treatment may take longer, because the bone needs time to attach itself to the implant. However, with good oral health, implants can be a “once and done” solution, possibly lasting a lifetime.

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New Patients: (213) 863-9464 | Existing Patients: (213) 620-5777

Although we highly recommend implants, we understand that our patients have varying needs. Therefore, we also offer bridges and dentures, along with a full spectrum of other dental services. Let our experienced team help you rediscover the joy of smiling with confidence. Call us at (213) 863-9464 and schedule a consultation to learn more about your options.








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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!"
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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."
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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!!"
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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.

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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