Dare to have the smile
you've always wanted.

Our Office
8731 ½ La Tijera Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90045
(310) 645-2448

Welcome to the Office of Mark I. Taira, D.D.S.

& Mary M. Murakawa, D.D.S.


 To learn about what our practice is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Click here -> COVID-19.

Thank you for visiting our website where we help patients achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles for life! Located in Westchester, near LAX, our goal is to provide the highest quality of dental care to our patients in a comfortable, relaxing environment.

Our commitment has allowed our dental team to treat our patients for a lifetime, making them part of our dental family.

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From common problems to gum disease, we provide an array of services to meet your entire family's needs – all in one convenient location! We offer a full range of treatments, including:

Comprehensive Family Dentistry

We are committed to tailoring our dental services to meet the individual needs and desires of each patient. Our extensive list of services includes preventive dentistry (cleanings and sealants), general dentistry (fillings, extractions, crowns), periodontal treatment (gum disease) and endodontics (root canals).

Advanced Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

To enhance and restore your smile, we also offer a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments, including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and dental implants.

We Welcome New Patients

New patients click here to learn about appointments & payment options as well as find answers to frequently asked questions, download patient forms & ore. 

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Working together, we can achieve a true partnership with a common goal – keeping your smile beautiful and your teeth and gums healthy. Please don't hesitate to contact us to schedule your next dental appointment!


And a portion of our proceeds directly benefits the California Dental Association Foundation which provides needed dental services to the underserved of California.


At Dr. Taira and Murakawa’s, we’re creating beautiful smiles!

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A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet.  It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health. Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and...

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in...

In the past decade there has been a dramatic interest in cosmetic dentistry.  We all realize that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to smile with confidence.  Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments. Cosmetic dental treatments can: Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth. Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth. Improve or correct bites. Lighten or brighten the...

It’s great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluorides and an increase in patient awareness.  However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to health.  Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function. Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always...

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What should I do if I have bad breath?

Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition.  Many of us may not realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning. There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to... ...Read More

Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums.  The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids that cause tooth decay.  Also, if plaque is not removed,... ...Read More

Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low interest rate payment plan and also accept most major credit cards. ...Read More

You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits. Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.  At these visits,... ...Read More

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.  Unlike tooth decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have periodontal disease without noticeable symptoms.  Having... ...Read More

Brushing our teeth removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from all tooth surfaces, except in between the teeth.  Unfortunately, our toothbrush can’t reach these areas that are highly susceptible to decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth... ...Read More

If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth, or just want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer to a more beautiful, confident smile. Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular in the last several years, not only due to the many advances in cosmetic... ...Read More

Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of tooth-shaped porcelain that are individually crafted to cover the fronts of teeth.  They are very durable and will not stain, making them a very popular solution for those seeking to restore or enhance the beauty of their smile. Veneers may be used to... ...Read More

Since teeth whitening has now become the number one aesthetic concern of many patients, there are many products and methods available to achieve a brighter smile. Professional teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth... ...Read More

With many state-of-the-art dental treatments and prevention options available in dentistry today, there are fewer reasons for having to extract (remove) teeth.  When something does go wrong with a tooth, we try to do everything possible to restore the tooth to its original function.  Removing a... ...Read More

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