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Good dental health is not only about keeping the smile free from gum disease and cavities. It is also connected to the chewing muscles and joints of the entire head. Keeping them in proper working order is vital to good overall health and wellness. Dentists who offer solutions for neuromuscular dentistry, such as the team at Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA, provide the best possible care along with general, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments for new and current patients. Our dentists help patients address problems with the jaw joint and surrounding muscles known as the TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint.

Understanding TMJ/TMD

When properly aligned, this joint is responsible for opening and closing your mouth. However, there are times when the bone or muscle (or both) are damaged or misaligned which becomes problematic. When this happens, patients may notice a variety of symptoms which may result in a diagnosis of TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, a chronic problem. When the temporomandibular joint malfunctions, it can result in a series of symptoms including:
  • Popping and clicking of the jaw joint
  • Pain and discomfort on or around the jaw joint
  • Discomfort/tension running from the ears down through the neck and shoulders
  • A jaw joint that locks in the closed or open position
  • Chronic facial pain
  • Frequent migraines and headaches
  • Inability to enjoy some of their favorite foods without pain while chewing

Patients presented with these problems need to book an appointment with Drs. Mungcal, Ghalambor, and Loftus of Downtown Dental for a full assessment and evaluation. Once a definitive diagnosis of TMD has been made, patients can then work with our providers to learn more about effective treatment options available to them.

How is TMJ/TMD treated?

Currently, the best way to treat TMD is start by realigning your teeth. When the teeth are out of alignment, our jaw muscles subconsciously begin to grind in an effort to create alignment. The trouble is that the act of grinding carries so much force that teeth can begin to chip, crack or even worse - break all the way to the gumline. The solution is then to realign the teeth. Once we do so, the muscles of the head and neck can relax which will bring much needed relief.

Using clear plastic aligners like Invisalign we can slowly and precisely realign teeth so that they bite properly. This treatment of course has the “side effect” of creating beautiful straight teeth, however, the real focus is on the relief from TMD.

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In some cases, we recommend the use of oral appliances to address TMD. Our oral appliances are custom-made for the patient and will help in realigning the jaw and reducing the symptoms of the condition dramatically. Realignment using an oral appliance at night significantly addresses the problems patients have with their TMJ and improves their overall quality of life. It can also eliminate the need for over-the-counter pain medications which are commonly used to address the discomfort caused by chronic TMD. However, these solutions are just band-aids - short-term solutions. The real answer lies in Invisalign as the most long-term and effective solution.

Discuss your needs with the team at Downtown Dental

If you reside in or around the community of Los Angeles, CA and want to speak to a team of professionals about your condition and effective treatment, contact our practice today! We are located at 255 South Grand Avenue in Suite 204 and can be reached by calling 213-863-9464. Call us to book an appointment or use our convenient online appointment system on our website to get started with a proper diagnosis and effective treatment for TMD.

  • Dr. Don Mungcal
  • Dr. Ghalambor
  • 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.

One of the three pillars of Downtown Dental, Dr. Ghalambor is recognized for his commitment to preventive dentistry and ensuring that his patients have a positive attitude towards oral health and dental care.

Upon graduating from Hope International University and USC, he continues to provide his patients with genuine and quality treatment. His passion for dentistry goes beyond the title of a dentist and is more than just a job to him. Dr. Ghalambor has spent his time on international humanitarian visits to rural areas in countries where he assisted in providing complimentary dental services for poverty-stricken communities.

His commitment and passion are what makes him stand out amongst his colleagues as a dental professional.

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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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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