Few procedures are more certain to elicit a groan or flinch in conversation than root canal treatment. Los Angeles dentist, Dr. Don Mungcal, is changing that misperception with gentle care that resolves the source of discomfort and saves the natural tooth.
The truth about root canal pain
Most people think that a root canal procedure is painful. That is largely incorrect. The patient usually seeks treatment because he or she is already in pain. When a tooth is compromised by deep decay or trauma, oral bacteria invade the inner pulp chamber. Infection and pressure build, inflaming nerves. A dull, recurring ache may develop, or an acute situation with pain and facial swelling may happen quickly.
Dr. Mungcal’s priority is to get the patient out of discomfort quickly, with steps such as:
- A prescription for antibiotics to reduce the infection
- Pre-procedure medications to relieve pain
- Local numbing injections
- Genuine compassion and gentle handling
Snooze through treatment
Root canal therapy involves removal of the pulp and nerve. The opening is sealed, and the tooth is protected with a crown. From the patient’s perspective, it is like getting a filling – it just takes a little longer.
Some patients are apprehensive about the procedure, nonetheless. In these instances, Dr. Mungcal can provide oral conscious or intravenous sedation. The patient remains awake, and able to breathe naturally and respond to verbal cues – but is deeply relaxed and unconcerned about treatment. Many will doze off, and have little recollection of the appointment afterward.
Dr. Mungcal and his team at Downtown Dental in Los Angeles want to help you avoid the need for root canal treatment, with advice on home care, regular checkups, and professional cleanings. But if an emergency occurs, you can count on fast, soothing relief. Become a patient today by calling 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!