Most adults don’t think about dental emergencies until the moment they, or a family member, have one. From searing pain to a broken tooth, when something happens, it is important to seek professional dental care immediately. Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA, knows that when an emergency happens, patients want it fixed fast. Here, Dr. Mungcal provides tips for patients who break or chip a tooth.
Prevent a broken tooth
While some dental accidents can’t be prevented, others can. Your teeth are strong, but they are not invincible. Don’t use your teeth to open bottles or packages and avoid chewing on hard items such as ice or pens. Also, be sure to wear a mouth guard when playing sports such as football or basketball.
Immediate care for a chipped or broken tooth
A chipped or broken tooth can happen in many ways. You could fall, be in an accident, receive a blow to the face, or bite down on something and suddenly notice that part of your tooth is missing. The first step to caring for a broken tooth is not to panic. It can usually be fixed quickly and effectively.
- Call the dentist. Not only will you want to get the tooth fixed for aesthetic reasons, but also, a broken tooth can lead to infection inside the tooth, which can cause further problems for the mouth.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water, and take an over-the-counter pain medication if you’re in pain.
- If the tooth is jagged or has a sharp edge, use sugarless gum or soft wax to cover it. This will prevent the broken tooth from cutting the inside of your cheek or tongue.
- Only eat soft foods and avoid chewing or biting with the broken tooth.
There are many ways a broken tooth can be restored, including dental bonding, a dental crown, or a veneer. The exact treatment will depend on your unique situation.
For more information about treating a broken tooth, call Dr. Mungcal at 213-863-9464.
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Dr. Don Mungcal
Dr. Tara Mavadat
Dr. Ivan Chan
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.
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. Tara Mavadat
was always passionate about dentistry and is committed to helping patients achieve excellent oral health and beautiful smiles that last long. Having earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry, she focuses on comprehensive general dentistry with an emphasis on preventive dentistry. Her primary goals are to provide comfort and quality as well as exceptional esthetic outcomes to every patient.
Dr. Ivan Chan
is enthusiastic about dentistry and his patients' oral health and is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care. He is a highly skilled dentist who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.
Dr. Chan has extensive training in general dentistry. He focuses on creating lasting smiles while attempting to prevent gum disease and cavities. He looks forward to assisting you with all your needs while assuring you that your trust is always in good hands, regardless of your needs!