Many patients are surprised to learn that Dr. Chal has been a TMJ patient himself. In fact, that’s what first motivated him to seek to become an expert in this special area of dentistry. Here is the story of his TMJ trauma:
It was a number of years ago, early in his career. His car was rear-ended, and the whiplash forces of that crash severely damaged his temporomandibular joint (TMJ), tearing off its lateral ligaments.
He started off visiting a local TMJ pain clinic, but soon came to feel that they didn’t know what they were doing. So he sought out the services of one of the leading TMJ dentists in the world, Dr. Mark Piper of St. Petersburg, Florida.
He became very intrigued by the level of expertise of Dr. Piper and the treatment process, and wanted to emulate him. Dr. Piper agreed to mentor him, and thus began a long and mutually respectful relationship. Dr. Chal continues to refer patients to Dr. Piper when they need Dr. Piper’s unique skills.
Since that time, Dr. Chal has become an authority on TMJ treatment himself. Dr. Piper now recognizes Dr. Chal as one of the few dentists in the country to whom he gives a five-star rating for their expertise and skill in TMJ treatment, and he now refers patients to Dr. Chal. And Dr. Chal has written and lectured on the subject to international audiences of dentists. In 1999 he was elected to membership in the American Equilibration Society, an organization dedicated to the study and treatment of TMJ disorders. Then, in 2004, he was given the high honor of being invited to lecture at their annual meeting. Today, doctors from the Mayo Clinic refer cases of temporo-mandibular disorder to Dr. Chal.
But his strongest credential is not the professional honors—it is his treatment successes and the testimonials of grateful patients. We list some of the patients with photos and their testimonials on TMJ relief they received through Dr. Chal’s treatment.
For more information about Dr. Chal’s TMJ treatment expertise and successful cases, please visit his Arizona TMJ dentist page.