'Is there a cure for gum disease?' Los Angeles dentist provides critical gingivitis treatment


Gum disease treatment from dentist in Los Angeles
Keeping a healthy mouth is important for many reasons. First, a beautiful smile is usually a reflection of a healthy mouth. However, a healthy mouth, one that doesn’t have tooth decay and gum disease, is also important for your overall health. Many patients understand the causes and treatments of tooth decay but are not as educated about gum disease. Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental in Los Angeles helps his patients understand treatment for gingivitis and gum disease.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease occurs when bacteria is trapped beneath the gums and they become infected. While there is no cure for gum disease, it can be treated and managed, particularly when it is caught as gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease.

Symptoms of gingivitis

Many patients believe that spots of blood while brushing or flossing their teeth is common and not of concern. While it may happen to many people, it’s also the first sign that your gums are infected. Other symptoms of gingivitis include swollen gums, darkness or discoloration of the gums, bad breath, and gums that are sore or beginning to recede.

Treatment for gingivitis

In most cases, gingivitis can be treated quickly and effectively using one or several of the following:
  • Professional dental cleaningto remove all traces of plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the gums. A deeper form of this procedure is called scaling and root planing. Your dental hygienist will use professional tools to remove tartar and bacteria from the tooth surfaces and below the gum line. This keeps the bacteria from coming back and ensures proper healing.
  • Dental restorationto adjust teeth or dental appliances that may irritate the gums or make it hard to brush and floss away plaque and bacteria.
  • Oral surgery may be required if the gingivitis is beginning to progress into periodontitis. In this case, the gums will be pulled back and the infection will be completely removed. Next, the dentist will suture the gums tightly into place to prevent the infection from coming back.

For more information about gingivitis symptoms or treatment, call Downtown Dental at 213-863-9464.

  • 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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