Searching for a TMJ expert, or a TMD specialist in Los Angeles

TMJ Expert Specialist in Los Angeles - Young Couple Most adults suffer from temporary jaw stiffness or pain at some point in their lives. It is often the result of clenching, grinding, or poor posture during times of stress. However, chronic jaw pain can have other causes. Don't assume that every dentist is a TMJ expert, specialist, or takes your discomfort seriously. Patients in Los Angeles trust Dr. Don Mungcal for his knowledge, experience, and compassion in treating TMJ/TMD.

Understanding TMJ and TMD

TMJ is short for "temporomandibular joint." This hinge point is found just below the ear on each side of your face. It holds your lower jawbone in place, allowing it to open and close, and slide side to side and front to back. The joint is held in delicate balance with bone, muscle, connective tissues, and an articular disc. Many factors can compromise that balance, resulting in TMD; temporomandibular disorder. Symptoms of TMD include:
  • Pain at the jaw, possibly radiating into face, neck, and shoulders
  • Discomfort at the ear when the mouth is opened wide, or during chewing and speaking
  • Jaw feels stiff, or tends to lock open or closed
  • Clicks, pops, and grating sounds when the mouth is worked
  • Facial tiredness or swelling
  • A sudden change in bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Excessive or uneven tooth wear

Research and referral

Let your quest for a qualified TMJ/TMD practitioner begin with internet research. As you gain a better understanding of your condition, you will discover what to look for in a treatment specialist. Your dentist should have thorough knowledge of how the TMJ operates, and be willing to take time to diagnose causes in your particular situation. Once your list is narrowed to a few dentists in the Los Angeles area, talk with others – co-workers, family members, and friends who have experienced TMD. Who treated them? Were they satisfied with results?


We are confident that your search will lead to Downtown Dental. For more than 20 years, Dr. Mungcal has been helping patients find TMD relief with specialized treatment. He examines the overall condition of your teeth and checks for dental restorations that aren't properly fitted. After analyzing your bite, the doctor creates a discreet oral appliance, custom fitted to your mouth. The device is about the size of a mouth guard, made of crystal clear acrylic. The splint aligns your bite to relieve stress on the TMJ. It can be worn at night only, or during the day for additional relief. Dr. Mungcal also talks with you about lifestyle changes that may help to reduce stress-induced TMD.
Don't let anyone tell you that TMJ pain is "all in your head," or "you just need to chill out." Visit the dentist who understands and treats TMD cases regularly, with great success. Call (213) 863-9464 for a consultation with Dr. Mungcal.

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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!"
"Still the best I've ever been to! The entire staff is more than knowledgeable & helpful!

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."
"What an amazing staff and dental team!!

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!!"
"Downtown dental made my cavity experience as painless as possible, and the technology they use is so up to date and accurate.

The staff are also very friendly and know the best habits for having a healthy mouth.
So glad I started going here!"
"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 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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