A.B. D. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)
I read about Dr. Yoon here on Yelp, and that influenced me to use him, along with his very reasonable cost (about half the co-pay that my previous dentist would have cost). I will sound like I was paid to write this review (I was not–and, in fact, didn’t even mention to him that I would do so) because I have never had a better experience with a dentist. Dr. Yoon is very bright, teaching me things about my teeth and about dentistry I never knew, meticulous in making sure the crowns I got were perfect, very accommodating of my tight schedule, and a pleasure to talk to, with a sly sense of humor. (I should also mention that there was some magic in the way he administered novacaine: it was almost painless, and he gave me just enough so that it had completely worn off by about an hour after I left his office. Have you ever almost fallen asleep while getting your teeth drilled? I thought not, but I almost did–I was that confident and relaxed.) For those who might care, he’s American-educated, a fairly young guy–and therefore very much up on the latest dental techniques and research–and very personable. I was also impressed that he performed my teeth-cleaning himself on my first visit (I believe he has a hygienist, but apparently likes to get to know his new patients, and their teeth, well on the first visit). As with the restorative dentistry I had as a follow-on, he told me things about my teeth, mouth, jaw and dental history during my first visit that I don’t recall hearing from any other dentist. He just takes the time to educate and explain–I’d say he’s scholarly in a very low-key way. His office staff is also great: friendly, efficient, and helpful. I see now why everyone who has written reviews so far has given him the highest rating. Scratching for something to say to show some balance, all I can come up with is if you have to sit in the waiting room very long (and you likely won’t), you’ll be listening to bland Christian music. Back in the exam room, though, it’s classical–and, if you come in late in the day as other patients are clearing out, he might ask you, as he did me, if you’d mind if he switched to Clapton to finish the day. If he didn’t already have a new lifelong fan, he did after that! *** Edit: Aug. 12, 2013: It’s a year later, I’ve completed my treatment plan, and can only say I’m more impressed than ever with Dr. Yoon and his work. I have recommended him to many, and those who have gone feel the same as I do: from the purely technical side, he’s a fantastic dentist, but he adds to that personal warmth and intelligence, and very reasonable pricing. In response to the note I see from Helen C. on 1/2/2013, I can only point out that his is a one-dentist shop, and he is punctilious: I’ve never had to wait beyond my appointment time for treatment to begin. He also has a very strict policy on no-shows, so it’s a two-way street: you get his full attention during the time you’ve booked, but you need to be there on time. I suspect a side effect of that philosophy is that he can’t fit in extra time for unplanned services. In any case, I have never felt he pushed unnecessary levels of intervention; if anything, he’s a “let’s watch it for awhile and act only when it’s clearly necessary” kind of guy. He will also be clear when the moment has come. I like that kind of conservative dentistry.