Effective TMJ dental treatment is available in Los Angeles, CA

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Are you tired of hearing that your TMJ pain is all in your head, or that you will just have to live with it? Do you have a variety of other physical discomforts without apparent reason? Are you ready to resolve the underlying cause of these problems rather than masking symptoms with mind-dulling pain medications? Then it is time to seek dental treatment for TMJ disorders at Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA.

Understanding normal jaw function

Temporomandibular joints are the hinges just in front of your ears that anchor your jaw to the skull. While there are hundreds of joints in the human body, TMJs are among the most intricate, and for good reason. Most joints, like a knee or finger, only move one way. The jaw, however, serves many functions contributing to breathing, eating, communicating, and facial expressions. That means TMJs must move multiple directions – open and closed, side to side, and slide forward and back.

A complex system including the following components allows TMJs to operate smoothly:
  • Joint capsules
  • Articular discs
  • Mandibular condyles (the rounded ends of the jaw bone)
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles
  • Nerves

When the body and bite are not in ideal balance, however, TMJs suffer a great deal of strain.

Far-reaching TMJ dysfunction

Imagine drawing two straight perpendicular lines, except you don’t get them quite parallel to one another. The distance between them gets greater as the length of the lines increases. This illustrates what happens when the bite is not in harmony. Because your jaws sit at the top of the body, imbalance can transfer all the way to the feet!

When jaw joints cannot move freely and in unison, nerves become irritated, soft tissues inflame, and ligaments get stretched. Most of the discomfort is initially centralized in the jaw joints, however some radiates to the head. The body tries to compensate for the imbalance to relieve tension on TMJs. The posture of your head, neck, shoulders, and back may change. That eventually impacts hips, knees, and ankles.

Temporomandibular joint disorders can negatively affect overall wellness, too. You may not be able to enjoy a well-rounded, nutritious diet because of chewing limitations. In addition, jaw pain may affect sleep quality.

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Symptoms and of TMD

Dysfunction of the TMJs can be caused abruptly by trauma, but more often it develops over time. Many people have suffered with it so long that they cannot clearly delineate the onset of symptoms. Here are some warning signs to consider:
  • Jaw pain and stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Jaw locks in a closed or open position
  • Jaw makes grinding, clicking, or popping noises when worked
  • Generalized facial pain
  • Muscle spasms in the cheek area
  • Earache
  • Ringing in the ears or other ear noises
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Migraines

Temporomandibular joint disorders are also linked to bruxism. It is believed that the discomfort of TMD causes some people to clench and grind their teeth, which in turn irritates jaw joints even more. This can add tooth sensitivity and cracked or worn-down teeth to the list of symptoms.

Find personalized TMJ dental treatment at Los Angeles, CA practice

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In the care of Dr. Don Mungcal, your TMJ dental treatment plan is as unique as your symptoms. Dr. Mungcal begins with a comprehensive examination of your mouth to evaluate oral health, and an analysis of bite. He talks with you about lifestyle habits and stressors, and compassionately discusses the range of your symptoms in detail. Then he works with you to develop a strategy to help you enjoy a comfortable, fully-functioning mouth.

Dental treatment may consist of bite adjustment, which could be as simple as modifying the shape of tooth crowns or replacing old, ill-fitting dental restorations. In some cases, orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear braces is recommended. Topical fluoride application helps to relieve tooth sensitivity.

Most TMJ sufferers benefit greatly from a night guard. This oral appliance is made just for you, from impressions of your mouth, to fit snugly and comfortably. It repositions the mouth, reducing stress on jaw joints. The split also cushions bite force from bruxing and distributes it more evenly over the entire upper and lower arches.

There are two important things to know if you think you might have TMJ problems. First, your discomfort is real, and it deserves proper attention. Second, effective dental treatment is available in Los Angeles, CA. Call Downtown Dental at (213) 863-9464 to schedule an appointment.


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"I am a legit Patient at this practice. The Doctor is amazing - educated, skilled and patient. Allison, my Dental Hygienist, is really friendly, knowledgeable and proactive about her patients' oral health. In my experience, the office staff at Downtown Dental is always professional, friendly, and thoughtful about my time. Plus, they offer reasonable financing! If you're honest about your budget (for people like me who don't have dental insurance), they can often work with you to stay within budget. I also learned that they use the best equipment in their field and staff gets training often on new dental techniques. If you are someone who works, resides or likes to visit Downtown - this is an especially excellent place to see the dentist periodically.

Downtown Dental is a fantastic Dental practice in the heart of the city. They are located near LA's Cultural hub of museums, concert halls and the like (The Broad, MOCA + more ). But don't let all that (magic) discourage you from making your appointment, because traffic is usually very smooth on Grand and getting in and out of their secure and validated parking lot (in their building) is a breeze. They also have 2 e-car charging stations if that's how you roll. If you work in DTLA, like many, you can even get a lunchtime cleaning!

Sidebar: The office is located inside a gorgeous apartment building, full of high end furnishings, accentuated with stunning street art. You may have even passed by & seen the Subway flags at street level- the dental office is right upstairs. It's worth a try, especially if you want great oral health, love art, culture and the city!"
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Don't waste your time going to other places, this dentist & his team are your best bet!

They are courteous, flexible, and above all: PROFESSIONAL."
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I had four front crowns and 2 root canals done all in about 3 hours! It was pain free! Dr Mungcal was fast and I didn't feel a thing! People compliment my teeth all the time! ...Little do they know they're fake! Very grateful!!! I am in Invisalign now and love how it stopped me from clenching and grinding my teeth! My teeth and gums are healthy because of all the amazing dental work they have done and continue to do!! Oh ...And they offered nitrous which made the whole experience awesome! Go here if you want dental work done right!!"
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The staff are also very friendly and know the best habits for having a healthy mouth.
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"Absolutely the best dental office! In all reality I used to hate going to the dentist I would cancel my appointments at my old Drs office all the time !! But the Hygienists and the staff in general are so welcoming and make you wanna keep coming back. They are always ready to deliver and Allison did an amazing job on my teeth cleaning thank you for that"
"This review is long overdue. I've been a patient at downtown dental since 2005 and have had nothing but positive experiences. I've had quite a bit of dental work and when I had a cracked crown recently, they scheduled me the next day and replaced it at no charge. They would have scheduled me that day but sadly, I'm no longer a patient as I've moved to NorCal. I felt like they really went out of the way to accommodate me and I appreciate that! Thanks guys!!"
"Great practice, the doctors and assistants are very professional, helpful and pleasant. They make dental appointments almost enjoyable...not something I thought possible!

Katie the hygienist is not only gentle, professional and very professional but also inspiring. She makes you want to have the best gums in Los Angeles.

Thank you guys!"
"The team at Downtown Dental are the best! They have done both an implant and Invisalign for me. They keep me informed about all the steps and always get me in and out quickly! I love that they can do everything right in their own offices too."
"My story is: I chipped a took eating cereal! Who does that!?! (The cereal was crunchy I'll admit). I went to Downtown Dental and Dr. Mungcal evaluated my situation and realized my bite needed to be adjusted. I grind my teeth at night also so the combination of it all was wearing my teeth down. He recommended invisalign to align my bite. I was hesitant because it's pricey but...trust me...it was SO WORTH IT!!! 8 months later, my bite is fixed and aligned and my teeth are straighter which is a bonus! I am only 34 and I want to keep my teeth healthy and strong for a long time! Dr. Mungcal and the entire staff are amazing and took GREAT care of me. You can rest assured you will be taken care of by them!"
"Came to downtown dental with my husband for his first dental implant. He was very nervous on getting this procedure done.. From his experience he said the staff were super friendly made him feel very welcomed..the dentist made his procedure quick and painless my husband didn't even need his medication for the swelling or pain ... Highly recommend... We Will be coming here from now on for our dental needs."

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