Despite your near-perfect dental hygiene, your tooth may develop an infection due to dental injury, cracks, repeated dental work, and gum disease, and this can’t be reversed with antibiotics. This will leave you seeking “dentists treating tooth infections near me.”
At Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, California, our dentists always try to save natural teeth as much as possible. Although extracting your tooth might seem like the easier option, replacing that edentulous gap is costly and time-consuming. When you have a severely decayed or damaged tooth, Dr. Don Mungcal uses root canal treatment (endodontic therapy) to save your tooth.
What to expect from root canal therapy
Tooth infection occurs when the nerves within the pulp get infected or inflamed when harmful bacteria infiltrate your tooth. An infected tooth causes toothaches, sensitivity, and pain that radiates to your face, jaw, and neck. Tooth infection should be treated immediately to prevent the infection from spreading to nearby tissues.
Examining your tooth with digital X-rays is the first step before a root canal. We want to ensure your tooth and the surrounding structures are viable to endure root canal treatment. If yes, we numb your tooth to minimize discomfort and then isolate your tooth with a dental dam to prevent saliva contamination. Next, we drill a small access hole at the top of your tooth before removing your diseased pulp through this opening.
The next step is to clean your pulp chamber all the way to the canals to eliminate harmful bacteria. After a thorough cleaning, we fill the empty canals with gutta-percha and then place a temporary filling to seal the access hole. Later, we stabilize your tooth with a natural-looking dental crown.
Benefits of root canal treatment
After a root canal, your treated tooth looks natural and functions like the other teeth, and with proper care, your treated tooth should last a lifetime!
- Prevent tooth loss and costly teeth replacement options
- Prevent infection to the nearby structures
- Stops dental pain
- Are quick and virtually painless
- Restores the visual appeal of your tooth (an infected tooth appears darker)
If you are looking for safe and effective root canal services in Los Angeles, CA, please call (213) 421-0807 to get the expert care you need.
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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
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!