Laguna Niguel Cosmetic Dentist
James Shunk, DMD:
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Laguna Niguel Cosmetic Dentist
James G. Shunk, DMD
Laguna Niguel, CA













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Pediatric dental care

Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

Sedation dentistry

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm (by appointment only)

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Chantal N. from Laguna Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been going to (partner dentist) and Dr Shunk’s office since I was a little girl! Dr Shunk was so good at giving me shots when I was little that I always told my friends That MY DENTIST NEVER HAS TO GIVE ME A SHOT IF I HAVE A CAVITY!!! I love Dr Shunk he makes it so comfortable seeing him and Myrna the back office assistant I swear she has been there as long as the doctors have… MOE office manager she makes it so much fun to come to the dentist sometimes I just swing by to say hello!!! I highly recommend this office!!!

Tammy E. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


This is hands-down the best dentist I have ever been to! He is gentle and walks you through everything, he talks to you about what he’s going to do and his plan. He makes sure that you’re on board before doing anything. They work with insurance and Mo at the front desk is a genius when it comes to insurance. If you don’t have insurance, they will work with you as well. The dental hygienist is super sweet and gentle but does an amazing job! I cannot say enough to recommend this office.

 (Source: Yelp)


Cheryl Griswold (Source: Google)


Dr. Shunk and his tram are absolutely wonderful with kids. It is a very comfortable environment and makes a visit to the dentist less scary for younger children. He has been our dentist for 5 years and we have always received excellent care.

Tava Kelley Mettille (Source: Google)


Dr. Shunk is the best dentist I have ever been to. I have anxiety about going to the dentist and Dr. Shunk and his staff have helped me get over that. They are very understanding of the anxiety and made me feel very comfortable.
I just had a root canal done, which was my worst fear because of what friends have told me about their experiences. It was nothing compared to what I’ve heard. I realize my friends have been going to the wrong dentist. I highly recommend Dr. Shunk.

Leah N. from Orange, CA (Source: Yelp)


What an amazing dental practice and staff. Dr. Shunk was very attentive, took his time and made me feel so comfortable with my procedure, as did Myrna his assistant. Oscar the hygienist did an excellent cleaning and was very gentle(…). The front of the office is super friendly and on top of it, too. Monique made me feel right at home as soon as I came through the door. I highly recommend this office for all dental needs.

Lynn C. from Ontario, CA (Source: Yelp)


These two Dentist are caring and are the best at what they do. You could get  no better then them. There staff are top in helping you. They are caring and help with everything. I’m old and have bad teeth. They take care of me and my family. We would not go to anyone else. The Hygienist , The Receptionist and great looking young lady are so friendly and caring and knowledgeable. I could say they are the best.

Margot Hileman (Source: Google)


There are many compliments to give Laguna Niguel Cosmetic Dentistry as I write this personal review all the way from Arizona.
That’s right Arizona!
After almost 15 years of practical and cosmetic Dental care I wouldn’t go anywhere else. I moved to AZ a couple years ago and still commute to get trustworthy practical dental care.
Mo the office Mgr who has a great respect and kindness is dynamic in personality making you feel at home.
(Partner doctor) and Dr. Shunk are amazing dentists as well as people. They give honest assessments of what work needs to be done. They are very gentle with shots, make you feel comfortable while giving treatment and both are very kind. I give all 5 stars ⭐️ and highly recommend them.

Carol F. from Upland, CA (Source: Yelp)


I would highly recommend Dr. Shunk as your dentist.  He takes pride in his work and cares about your comfort and feelings.  He is a  genuine and trustworthy person, and  I feel totally confident in him.  Thank you again Dr. Shunk. 

Kristin T. from Huntington Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been searching for a small, family owned dentist office and Laguna Niguel Dentistry is exactly what I’d been hoping for! Dr. Shunk and his staff were fantastic! They went above and beyond to make me feel like part of their family.  Moe greeted me immediately when i walked in and took care of all my paperwork and insurance problems (shes an all-star!) My hygienist, Oscar, was amazing and gave me the best cleaning I’ve ever had. He and Dr Shunk were so knowledgeable and spent plenty of time answering all my questions.  The staff at this office are totally professional, passionate about their work and i can honestly say I look forward to my next visit. Thank you Laguna Niguel Dentistry!

Kelly H. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Truly a wonderful experience with getting my crown on the front tooth. Dr Shunk has such a great “bedside manner,” has an excellent technique when numbing your gums so you feel nothing, the office staff are warm and personable and work with you every step of the way. They’re also affordable for the area and that goes a long way with me(…). I’m glad I found them.

Monique Fechtman (Source: Google)


Dr Shunk is amazing and truly cares for his patients. Oscar is one of a kind (RDH) The front seems to greet you immediately with such enthusiasm! Whether or not you have insurance they will always work with you. I recommend This office with 10 Stars!

Tiffany B. from Dana Point, CA (Source: Yelp)


We moved here from Colorado 3 years ago and I tried 2 other dental practices before I was lucky to find Dr. Shunk and his staff!  They do a wonderful job with cleanings and I have had a crown done and it was beautiful!   The front office staff (Mo) knows her stuff and deals directly with my insurance company which makes it so easy!  I definitely recommend this office for all of your dental needs.

Jennifer F. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


I originally saw Dr. Shunk in Upland and when we recently moved I found out they have an office close to my new home in Laguna Niguel.
The staff is always extremely nice and professional and make coming to the dentist a breeze.
It’s nice to have a place where you can go and feel comfortable. Love this office and their staff!

Kate Blaes (Source: Facebook)


Laguna Niguel Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is awesome! (Partner doctor) and Shunk are the best dentists I have been to. The doctors, hygienists, and staff are caring and put the patient’s needs first.

Sarah Duchesneau (Source: Facebook)


Friendly and helpful office staff. Dr Petite is great, she came in after hours to fix my daughters broken front tooth. We love this office and highly recommend them.

Scott Monge (Source: Google)


Always a great experience. The friendliest staff that always have the biggest smiles. I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.

Cathy L. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


If you have issues visiting the dentist, you won’t after a visit to the office of (partner dentist) and Dr. Shunk. Thanks to Dr. Shunk I no longer fear going to have my teeth taken care of. I have had a root canal, a crown and a few fillings replaced without any discomfort or pain. Everyone in the office is just so nice. Moe is amazing with the paperwork and a pro with insurance.  I have no intention of going anywhere else and will continue to recommend them to family, friends and coworkers.

Sabrina Solesbee (Source: Google)


My teeth have never been so clean! I’ve never had such a thorough cleaning as Oscar did at my last visit! I didn’t want to eat so my teeth wouldn’t get dirty. Dr. Shunk is very nice with great bedside manner. He is gentle and did a great job on the fillings I needed replaced. I would recommend Laguna Niguel Cosmetic Dentist everyday of the week!

Karyn Flores (Source: Google)


Fantastic team! I typically do not like to go to the dentist for ANY reason. This group NEVER hurts me, and always looks after my comfort. Professional and skilled, I highly recommend this dental group and team.

Christina C. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


I absolutely love this place! Been coming here for years after watching how amazing they were with my grandmother. Dr Shunk is so patient and gentle. The staff are amazing and always happy, I can tell they love their jobs. They referred me to an evenly great orthodontic office for my sons wisdom teeth removal. My cleanings are painless and thorough. They work with my crazy schedule to fit me in at every 6 months consistently. My son had cavities filled and didn’t feel a thing. After previous bad experiences with dentists and dental offices I am forever a patient of Dr Shunk’s(…).

Michelle Foden-Guerrero (Source: Facebook)


(Partner doctor) and Shunk are AWESOME! They’re patient, caring, and accommodating. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. The staff is polite, and a pleasure to deal with.

Paul B. from San Juan Capistrano, CA (Source: Yelp)


We’re so fortunate to FINALLY find a great dentist. Dr. Shunk is very talented. He has been so great with his honest recommendations and not quick to jump to costly services if they can be avoided.  My wife suffers from anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist but Dr Shunk has been wonderful at helping her feel relaxed and comfortable. His decades of experience and confidence is very reassuring.

The entire staff is wonderful at making you feel relaxed and appreciated.  MO the office manager at the front desk is so terrific.  She’s friendly and funny and so completely competent. MO handles the scheduling of services and more importantly all billing concerns. She really knows how to work with the insurance companies and help you maximize your dollar.

I highly recommend anyone looking for a new dentist to come in and meet this great family friendly team.  You won’t be disappointed.

Lee Ann Martin (Source: Google)


We love (partner doctor) & Dr Shunk. They have given our family such excellent care for over 14 years! They have provided routine care and emergency appointments (even on the weekends) Their staff care & treat you like family and work magic with their amazing technique for insurance billing and affordable payment arrangements. For all of that we are extremely grateful! We appreciate all of you very MUCH!!!! We HIGHLY recommend them for TWICE THE 5 STAR REVIEW!!!

Melissa S. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


(Partner dentist) and Dr. Shunk are fabulous! They are kind and professional. The office is beautiful with high tech equipment. My smile turned out beautiful and I would highly recommend them.

Missy S. from Miami, FL (Source: Yelp)


Incredible and family oriented practice where they really focus on you as a patient and genuinely seem to care. Everyone that works there is amazing and they all work to make you feel at home and at ease. Dr. Shunk has amazingly gentle hands and has been my dentist for years.

Kate W. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have always been afraid of the dentist because of terrible past experiences. I no longer have any reason to be scared now that I have found (partner dentist) and Dr. Shunk. I felt strangely comfortable when I first walked in. The staff was so nice and I had a great cleaning with Sussan. My teeth have never felt better. I highly recommend this office to anyone who needs a dentist and you won’t regret it!

Lauren L. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


(…)Dr. Shunk was the dentist I saw. He seemed like a really nice down to earth guy. He didn’t try to tell me I had a bunch of new things wrong with my teeth, just to try to make money off of me like I’ve had done to me in the past. I also appreciated that he went through each X-ray photo with me and explained each one thoroughly.
He’s a really nice guy and anyone would be like to have him as their dentist.

This is HANDS DOWN the best dentist/dental office I have ever been to, and I will definitely be back. Save yourself the hassle and look no further, this is the place for you!!!

Craig C. from North Bergen, NJ (Source: Yelp)


I recently visited Dr. Shunk’s office as a new patient and was very pleased! The office was nice and clean. Dr. Shunk was also nice and professional. He took the time to listen to my symptoms and had good bedside manner. The receptionist was very nice and patient. She discussed the price of the procedure with me in detail and gave me a fair deal. I recommend!

Charlene C. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been seeing Dr Shunk for over 6 years and I wouldn’t dare see another dentist! He is an awesome dentist and truly cares for his patients. The staff Myrna, Nicole and Moe make it extra special when you go there. The friendly greeting, hugs and warm feeling you get just walking through their door makes it all worth it!!!!

Krystin C. from Temecula, CA (Source: Yelp)


(Partner dentist) and Dr. Shunk’s office is wonderful! The doctors are kind and patient, every hygienist is positive and communicative, and Mo at the front desk is a rock star. By far the best dental office experience I’ve ever had which is why I haven’t changed dentists even though I don’t live in the area!!!

Monica Martinez Miller (Source: Facebook)


If you are looking for a dentist who is amazing, Please give the Laguna Niguel Cosmetic and Family Dentistry a call. They are professional and make you feel like a friend the moment you walk in. I have always feared the dentist since I was young, but since I have started coming Dr. Shunk and (partner dentist) my fears are gone.

Jamie Francis McGraw (Source: Google)


(Partner dentist) and Dr. Shunk are the only dentists I have ever liked, they made my fear of dentists go away. Both (partner dentist) and Dr. Shunk are extremely skilled, I have never had any pain or discomfort during a procedure. What sets (partner dentist) and Dr. Shunk apart from others is their genuine compassion for their patients, I truly feel I am being cared for. I recommend them to anyone seeking professional dental work in a friendly environment

Christy B. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


(…)Dr. Shunk is SO patient and attentive to my numbing issues – this last appointment I think it took an hour and 15 minutes before they could start any actual work! He responded instantaneously if he sensed that I was having any issues. While going to the dentist is still not at the top of my list of things that I enjoy, I now can stop the “ignore it & it will go away” approach to my teeth!

Myrna, Dr. Shunk’s assistant is phenomenal! She’s knowledgeable, gentle, takes her time making sure you’re on the same page plus she just has a delightful demeanor.

Mo, the lady the clearly keeps everything running smoothly, is a great communicator on many levels. In addition, before my first big appointment, I needed a prescription and she worked overtime – literally calling me at night from home, after her own dental procedure – to make sure I got what I needed.

Justine G. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I love this place so much! Dr. Shunk really knows what he is talking about! He doesn’t push you to do anything you don’t need and will be 100% honest about the work you need. This office truly cares about their patients and I am so happy I have found this place! Will always be a patient here and will recommend everyone else do the same 🙂


Dr. Shunk became a Dentist after a short career in the field of Engineering. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of California where he received a Bachelors of Science in Physics. He then attended Southern Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine where he earned his Doctorate in Dental Medicine. Upon graduating, he stayed for one year at Southern Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine to do research. During that time he published the article “In vitro and in vivo measurement of remaining dentin thickness.” Dr. Shunk provides high-quality dental care and focuses on cosmetic dentistry, root canal therapy, and implant procedures. We specializes in Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. At Laguna Niguel Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we strive to form lifelong relationships with our patients by delivering care and beautiful final results they can count on. We strive to change our patients' minds about visiting the dentist. We are always accepting new patients, with or without insurance, so just let us know we can help you achieve that perfect smile you've always wanted. Come in today and, finally, stop dreading your dental visit. We look forward to meeting you or seeing you again soon!