Dr. Neal Hammer
Dr. Neal Hammer, DDS, FAAPD
Diplomat Of American Board Of Pediatric Dentistry
Specialty Permit # 2388
We are at once happy and sad to announce the retirement of Dr. Hammer. We celebrate his contributions to creating the next generation of dental patients who love going to the dentist!
Over thirty years, Dr. Neal Hammer opened his private practice specializing in pediatric dentistry in New Jersey. He was a Dean’s List graduate of the University of Rochester, with a BA in biology and continued his education at Columbia University’s School of Dental and Oral Surgery. After graduating summa cum laude (ranking number 2 in his class), Dr. Hammer continued his training at Columbia, earning his certificate of training in pediatric dentistry and became board certified in his specialty in 1983. He has been an assistant professor at Columbia, the director of the residency program at Centrastate Medical Center and a past president of the New Jersey Society of Dentistry for Children.
He continues to maintain and upgrade his clinical skills and knowledge by attending numerous educational seminars and meetings each year. In addition, Dr. Hammer lectures nationally on a variety of topics including Pediatric Dentistry, Trauma, and Esthetics. He has also been selected as one of New Jersey Monthly’s Top Pediatric Dentists.
Juggling his time has become a fine art for Dr. Hammer. He is committed to spending time with his family: his wife Lois, older daughter Jessica, her husband Evan and his granddaughters Zoe & Sadie, and younger daughter Marly and her husband Theo. Dr. Hammer and Lois also enjoy spending time with their labradoodle Izzy.
Equally committed to maintaining his own mental and physical health, he is a hard core mountain biker, sculptor, photographer, kayaker, and loves reading (especially good science fiction). He is fortunate not to require a lot of sleep. However, his main passion is children’s dentistry and he is dedicated to “Creating the next generation of dental patients-children who love going to the dentist.”
Specializing in a gentle dental & orthodontic practice for Children, Adolescent and Special Needs Patients
Testimonials for Dr. Hammer
“My family has been patients of Dr. Hammers for over 20 years. We love him and his staff. My children were able not to have a fear of dentists (Like I did as a child) because of the way Dr. Hammer treats them. Now expecting a grandchild, I know she will be going to Dr. Hammer in the near future too. All I can say is Thank you, Dr. Hammer, for all that you do, you’re AWESOME!!!”
“It’s been 26 years since I moved away from Howell, and Dr. Hammer is still the best dentist I’ve ever had. He’s the dentist I flashback to when a current dentist is being condescending or boring. Dr. Hammer was neither of those, and he was incredibly kind. I just wanted to thank him for giving me a really good model of what I should hold out for when choosing a dentist. I’ve been thinking of him a lot over the past few years because I’ve had to have a high number of cavities filled, thanks to life with hypermobile Ehlers Danlos. And I honestly don’t know if I would have kept up with all the procedures, and continued going back if Dr. Hammer wasn’t my first dentist. I had a number of dentists blame and scold me, instead of trying to help me figure out what was going on. I kept trying until I found someone who respected me as much as Dr. Hammer respects his patients.”
“Dr. Hammer is a wonderful, knowledgeable and extremely accommodating professional. He provides excellent care and I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”
“We were referred to Dr. Hammer by another dentist who recommended a severe procedure on our son. Honest and experienced, Dr. Hammer suggested a few remedies and what do you know? No need for the alternative suggested by the other dentist. Needless to say, Dr. Hammer has our gratitude and loyalty.”
“I was blown away by Dr Hammer! I have never met such a patient kind doctor before. Recommend to everyone”
“All four of my kids go there. They started when they were babies and they still see him. He’s stern when he needs to be, but he’s usually a lot of fun. He specializes in special needs children, but thank goodness none of my kids need that. The man is a perfectionist and reasonably priced. 5 stars.”
“So experienced and really good with kids!”