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.
  • 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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