Most dental patients only think about their dentist on the day of a scheduled appointment. However, if you wake up with tooth pain or break a tooth, you may wish you had thought to put your dentist on speed dial. Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental in Los Angeles knows that when you have an urgent need for a dentist, you still want one you know and trust.
Common causes for urgent dental care
- Throbbing pain – If you’ve ever had an intense toothache, you know that you want a solution to fix it quickly. In some cases, over-the-counter pain medication can take the edge off, but it’s important to remember that there’s an underlying problem that caused that pain. Even if the discomfort subsides, it’s important to schedule an appointment to have the tooth evaluated. Then the dentist can determine what caused the pain and how it should be treated.
- Cracked or damaged tooth – This is common when someone bites into something hard, like ice or a sourdough pretzel. It can also be caused by a fall or being hit in the face. In some cases, patients will experience immediate pain, in other cases, the patient will notice extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. If the tooth has a sharp or jagged edge, keep it covered with wax or gum to prevent cutting the inside of your mouth.
- Lost tooth – A tooth that’s been completely knocked out needs immediate treatment for the best results. If you can locate the tooth, you can rinse it and place it back in the tooth’s pocket or keep it in a little bit of milk or water. Your dentist will first attempt to save the tooth. However, if you can’t save the tooth, there are restoration options.
Don’t put it off, get help fast
When it comes to dental emergencies time is of the essence. Not only to reduce your pain but also to provide you with the best possible outcome. A toothache could be the indication of a cavity that’s getting close to the nerve. Putting off treatment might lead to more intensive treatment down the road. Similarly, a cracked tooth that doesn’t hurt might seem like it’s no cause for alarm. But the tooth may continue to weaken over time leading to further damage.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain or an oral health problem, call the office and let us know what’s going on. We’ll schedule an appointment and provide you with guidance on how to care for the tooth until we can evaluate it and provide a plan for treatment.
Dr. Mungcal and his team have been providing expert preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care to his Los Angeles patient for many years. If you’re a current patient or a future patient, know that the team will treat your immediate issue in a way that protects and preserves the health of your mouth. For more information, call the Downton Dental office today at 213-863-9464.
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. 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.