More than 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorders, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Part of the reason that number is estimated is because so many people suffer this discomfort in silence. When you have a condition that isn’t visibly obvious, it can be challenging for others to take it seriously. That may leave you doubting your own symptoms or embarrassed to seek help. You might also believe that successful treatment can only be administered by a TMJ specialist. Patients in the Los Angeles area are finding that the dentist they trust for routine oral care knows their mouths best and treats their TMJ disorders effectively.
A history of compassionate care
Dr. Don Mungcal is a native of the San Fernando Valley and served as an instructor at USC Dental School. He founded Downtown Dental on South Grand Avenue to bring convenient quality general and cosmetic dental care to the town he loves – Los Angeles. Since 1992, he has helped downtown workers and busy professionals enjoy the benefits of great-looking smiles and good oral health.
Full range of dental treatments
Dr. Mungcal and his team offer a broad range of dental care, including:
- Hygiene appointments
- Restorations – fillings, crowns, root canal therapy, and dental implants
- Treatment for gum disease
- Cosmetic options – teeth whitening and porcelain veneers
- Invisalign discreet straightening
A comprehensive approach to TMJ/TMD
What does any of that have to do with treating TMJ disorder? Plenty! The function of each part of your body has an impact on every other part. For example, you might have an old dental filling or crown that doesn’t fit properly. If it sits too high or is worn down, it may affect your bite and cause strain on your jaw joint. Teeth that are crooked, have gaps, or are poorly aligned contribute to TMD. Discomfort from cavities, tooth sensitivity, and even self-consciousness about an unattractive smile can lead to increased emotional and physical stress.
As your regular general dentist, Dr. Mungcal knows your mouth and understands lifestyle factors that impact your oral health. He is the best dentist to diagnose TMJ disorder, and to address it with proper treatment. Dr. Mungcal is also experienced in crafting a specialized oral appliance to realign the bite and reduce stress on the jaw, thus alleviating TMD symptoms.
Call 213-863-9464 to become a Downtown Dental patient, for complete care under one roof.
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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!