When gums recede, a portion of the root structure is exposed. Without protective white enamel, this area shows yellowish dentin and the teeth look longer. Gum recession also creates ideal conditions for tooth decay. Dr. Don Mungcal brings an innovative, minimally invasive treatment option to patients in the Los Angeles area. Pinhole gum surgery from a trained, certified dentist has many benefits.
Causes of gum recession
- Aggressive brushing
- Clenching and grinding
- Crooked teeth
- Gum disease
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Negligent home hygiene
- Tobacco products
- Tongue or lip piercings
Historically, treatment for receding gums required gum graft surgery. This procedure left two surgical sites, both with sutures. The wounds entailed significant healing time, with a risk of infection.
Dr. Mungcal offers a gum rejuvenation technique that requires only a pinhole for access to internal tissue. Using specially-designed instruments, he gently manipulates gums back into position. The pinhole heals in a day or two, and the seal of gums to teeth is reestablished. There is no cutting or stitches. Only local anesthetic is needed, and there is minimal bleeding, swelling, and risk of infection.
Specialized training and certification
Dr. John Chao invented the method and instruments. He has been using it with great success since 2006. However, he has only recently begun to share that knowledge with other dentists. Dr. Mungcal is one of a few area dentists to complete the 20-hour training course for certification in the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. The seminar included intensive, focused lecture, hands-on training, live surgery, case studies, and more. Since completing the course, Dr. Mungcal has performed pinhole surgery on many actual patients.
Dr. Mungcal is eager to tell you more about pinhole gum surgery. Call 213-863-9464 to schedule an appointment with the Los Angeles dentist patients trust for good advice and innovative treatments.
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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!