At Smile Columbia Dentistry, our passion is to provide top-notch dental care with a personal touch. Our practice is a center of relief and care for those experiencing dental concerns, especially those related to TMJ disorders.

We pride ourselves on treating symptoms and understanding our patient’s unique needs. Our approach is holistic, ensuring that you receive care that is tailored specifically to you. Whether you’re visiting for a routine check-up or seeking comprehensive TMJ treatment, our doors are open to offer you a dental experience that’s both comforting and effective.

Scheduling Your First Appointment

Making your first appointment with us is your first step toward a healthier, happier smile. We’ve streamlined our scheduling process to ensure it’s as easy and stress-free as possible.

You can reach us at [Ict_phone] to speak directly with our friendly staff, eager to assist you. Alternatively, you can visit our website and fill out a simple form to request an appointment. We’ll get back to you promptly to confirm your slot and provide any additional information you may need.

Before Your Visit

To make your visit as smooth and efficient as possible, we recommend a few simple steps before you arrive:

  • Patient Forms: We’ll provide patient forms that can be conveniently filled out online or printed and completed at leisure. This includes your medical history, which is crucial for us to tailor our care to your specific needs, especially if you’re visiting for TMJ concerns.
  • Insurance and Payment Information: Understanding your insurance benefits and coverage can be daunting, so we’re here to help. Please bring any necessary insurance cards and documents. Please contact us in advance if you have any questions about coverage or payment options.
  • Preparing Your Questions and Concerns: We believe in a collaborative approach to dental care. Write down any questions or concerns about your dental health or treatments like TMJ. This ensures that we address all your needs during your visit.
  • Arrival Time: We advise arriving a few minutes early for your appointment. This gives you ample time to settle in and complete any additional paperwork if needed.

We’re committed to making your first and every visit after that a positive and reassuring experience. Your dental health journey is essential to us, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Our Compassionate Dental Team

At Smile Columbia Dentistry, we believe that our practice’s strength lies in our team’s skill and warmth. Led by Dr. Adam Hahn, our staff is highly trained in dental care and making sure that each patient feels heard and valued. Dr. Hahn, an esteemed figure in TMJ treatment and neuromuscular dentistry, has dedicated nearly two decades to helping patients find relief and smiles they can be proud of.

Dr. Adam Hahn’s Expertise in TMJ

Dr. Hahn’s expertise in TMJ disorders is nationally recognized. He has achieved the rank of Fellow at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a testament to his extensive knowledge and skill in this complex area. His approach goes beyond treating symptoms; he focuses on understanding the root causes of TMJ disorders, ensuring that each treatment plan is as unique as the individual receiving it.

When you visit us, you’re not just a patient but part of our family. We take the time to get to know you, your dental history, and your health goals. This personalized attention sets us apart and ensures that you receive the best care possible.

Your Comprehensive TMJ Evaluation

TMJ disorders can manifest in various ways, and understanding your specific symptoms is the key to effective treatment. During your first visit, we will conduct a detailed evaluation to understand the full scope of your symptoms. You might experience jaw pain, irregular jaw motion, or even symptoms unrelated to your jaw, like headaches or neck pain. We aim to identify all the puzzle pieces to provide you with the most comprehensive care.

Our Diagnostic Process

Our diagnostic process for TMJ disorders is thorough and patient-focused. It includes:

  1. Medical History Review: A deep dive into your dental and medical history helps us understand any underlying factors contributing to your TMJ disorder.
  2. Physical Examination: We will thoroughly examine your jaw and oral structures. This includes assessing jaw movement, checking for tenderness or discomfort, and identifying any irregularities in bite alignment.
  3. Advanced Imaging Techniques: To get a clearer picture of what’s happening inside, we may use advanced imaging techniques like X-rays or MRIs. These tools help us view the structure of your jaw joint and surrounding tissues, providing crucial information for your treatment plan.

Understanding TMJ disorders requires a nuanced approach, and that’s precisely what we provide. Our comprehensive evaluation process ensures that we don’t just treat symptoms — we strive to address the root cause of your discomfort, offering you long-lasting relief and improved dental health.

Crafting Your Individualized Treatment Strategy

Our treatment options for TMJ disorders are varied and are selected based on the most effective approach for your situation:

Home Care Instructions

We often start with guidance on how to manage your symptoms at home. This might include dietary adjustments, relaxation techniques, and proper jaw exercises.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

TENS therapy can relieve some patients by relaxing the jaw muscles and reducing pain.

Custom Bite Splints

We may recommend a custom-fitted bite splint, which helps to alleviate pressure on the jaw joint and can reduce symptoms.

Physical Therapy Referrals

In cases where it’s beneficial, we collaborate with physical therapists with expertise in treating TMJ disorders.

Advanced Treatments

For more complex cases, we offer advanced treatments, including bite reconstruction or surgery, though these are considered only when necessary and after thorough evaluation.

Our commitment is to provide you with a treatment plan that not only alleviates your symptoms but also addresses the underlying causes of your TMJ disorder, ensuring long-term relief and improved oral health.

Long-Term Care and Support

Dr. Adam Hahn understands that managing TMJ disorders is an ongoing process. We’re committed to guiding you every step of the way, from initial treatment to long-term care. Regular follow-up visits are crucial, enabling us to assess your progress and adjust your treatment plan.

Effective management of TMJ often extends beyond our office. We’ll equip you with strategies for home care and lifestyle adjustments. This includes stress management, dietary advice, and exercises to strengthen and relax your jaw. Active participation in these practices is vital for achieving and maintaining relief from TMJ symptoms.

Join Our Smile Columbia Family

Our TMJ treatment office more than just a dental practice; we’re a dedicated team committed to ensuring your comfort and health. Our personalized approach to TMJ treatment and dental care is designed to address your unique needs, ensuring you feel better and understand and are involved in every step of your treatment.

If you’re ready to experience a new level of dental care, we invite you to join our family. Call us at (803) 781-9090 or complete our online contact form to schedule your first appointment. Let’s begin your journey to a healthier, happier smile together.