TMJ treatment is a tricky business. With numerous subtle symptoms and a complex scientific diagnostic procedure, it’s something not all dentists can handle. There are many dentists who might claim they provide you with proper treatment, but you need to choose your TMJ dentist carefully if you want to get good results from your treatment.
At Smile Columbia Dentistry, we have two TMJ dentists who bring more than 40 years of combined experience to help patients get results from their TMJ treatment. Contact our office in Columbia, SC at (803) 781-9090 today to book a TMJ evaluation.
Dr. Paul Hahn
Although he’s a relative newcomer to neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Paul Hahn has nearly 40 years of experience treating dental patients in Columbia, SC. He entered dentistry as part of the United States Army Dental Corps, stationed at Fort Jackson. He has made dentistry his life, just as he made Columbia his home, in part because of the reward he felt from delivering quality care to his patients.
In return, his patients have rewarded him with loyalty that is hard to find in dental patients. Some of his patients have been with him since he first set up practice, even though he has moved his practice several times. He appreciates the relationships he’s developed with his patients over the years, and looks forward to meeting and helping new patients as well.
Dr. Paul Hahn is a Fellow of Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dentistry. He and Dr. Adam are the only two LVI fellows in Columbia.
Dr. Adam Hahn
Growing up seeing his dad’s commitment to dentistry and his patients, it was a natural decision for him to join his father’s practice. However, he didn’t just want to follow in his father’s footsteps, he also wanted to help make Smile Columbia Dentistry the best dental office it could be, introducing new technology and techniques that his father has also embraced.
TMJ dentist Dr. Adam Hahn is the recipient of a prestigious Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) fellowship in recognition of his commitment to exceeding the minimum required level of continuing education. He recently successfully completed a fellowship in Orofacial Pain Management and Neuromuscular Occlusion led by Dr. Jay Gerber at the Center for Occlusal Studies in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Dr. Adam Hahn is also one of only seven dentists to earn the title of LVI Fellow in South Carolina, and is one of only two in Columbia (the other being Dr. Paul Hahn). LVI, the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dentistry, is the premier institution for the study of neuromuscular dentistry and TMJ treatment in the world.
How to Choose a TMJ Dentist
First, you want to make sure you are working with a TMJ dentist who is trained in neuromuscular dentistry. Check a dentist’s credentials with LVI or another dental education institution that instructs dentists in neuromuscular dentistry. You can check with LVI here.
Check online reviews for dentists. You should look for a dentist with a reasonable amount of reviews. Don’t just look at the numbers—read full reviews to find out what a dentist is really like. Don’t reject or select a dentist on the basis of one either horrible or stellar review. Judge based on the overall tone of the reviews, and pay more attention to characteristics you want to see in a dentist than to the number ratings.
Next, schedule consultations with one or more TMJ dentists based on your reviews. Talk to them about your symptoms, experiences, and goals for treatment. Ask to talk to previous or current patients. If a dentist had a bad review that stood out to you, talk to the dentist about it and see how he or she responds. This is an indicator of how they might respond if you have a problem.
Based on your consultations, select the TMJ dentist that you think will give you the highest quality care for your symptoms.