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Options with Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the greatest technological advances that we have in dentistry. Dental implants are basically titanium tooth roots, and are based on the same science and technology as joint replacements. In fact, some companies that manufacture dental implants also make joint replacements.One of the chief ways that we use dental implants is to replace a single missing tooth. In the past, the go-to method to replace a single tooth would be what’s called a fixed partial denture or “bridge”. In order to make a bridge, you have to have a tooth present on either side of the missing tooth. The dentist then has to drill on these ...

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Dentistry for Senior Adults

Children’s dental care receives a lot of attention at school and on TV programming. It is definitely important to teach kids about dental care and help them establish healthy habits early in life. However, far less attention is placed on dental care for senior adults. There are unique challenges that some senior adults experience that make dental education extremely important for this population.Common ConcernsA common problem we see in our practice that can be devastating to the teeth of senior adults is dry mouth, or xerostomia as it is known in the scientific literature. This is where the body produces an inadequate ...

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Common Questions about Oral Care and Dentistry for Children

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As a dentist who likes to see patients of all ages, I am often asked about oral health and dental care for kids. As a parent of two young kids myself, I love to answer these questions and to help parents and kids achieve ideal dental health. Below, I am going to list some of the most common questions that I get along with their answers. I hope you find this list helpful. If you have other questions you’d like to know or if you have a question about a specific issue with your child, please feel free to contact me at the office. I’d be happy to help in ...

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Which toothpaste should I be using?

To learn more about choosing the best toothpaste, check out Dr. Hagan on Channel 11 News Daytime!We get this question almost every day at Hagan Dentistry. In the not too distant past, you had only a handful of choices when you walked down the dental care aisle at the drug store. People had strong feelings for their brand of choice – Crest, Colgate, and Aquafresh to name a few.Nowadays, a walk down the dental care aisle can be a blur. It seems like new toothpastes are being released every day. Toothpaste commercials don’t do much to help with the confusion. All ...

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What causes tooth sensitivity?

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What causes tooth sensitivity?Most of us experience tooth sensitivity at some point in our lives. Fortunately, for many of us, the sensitivity resolves all on its own. However, others experience prolonged, continuous tooth sensitivity.Before I discuss common causes of sensitivity, here is a quick and basic tooth anatomy lesson. The white part of the tooth that is above the gum line is covered with a substance called enamel. Enamel acts as an insulator to the inside of the tooth. Meanwhile, the inner layer of the tooth is called dentin. There are cells in the dentin that connect directly to the nerve on the inside of the tooth. These cells are ...

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The Importance of Dental Care for Children

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As a parent of a toddler myself, I know that a lot of the information about kids’ health that circulates on the internet can often be overwhelming, confusing, and contradictory. I always try to reassure the parents of my patients and help them make well-informed decisions regarding the oral health care of their children. I will try to address a few of the more common questions and concerns I hear below.When to First See a DentistThe American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children be seen by a dentist after their first tooth comes in, but no later than 12 months of age. Seeing children at this age allows ...

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Introduction to Dental Implants

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Most patients that I talk to have heard of the term, “dental implants.” However, not many of them have a good understanding of what they are and how they can benefit from them.What are Dental ImplantsDental implants are basically replacements for missing teeth. Depending on a patient’s needs, they can be used to hold an individual crown in place, they can function to replace several teeth as part of a bridge, or they can be used to anchor a complete denture.The implants themselves are titanium. They are placed with minimal discomfort in areas where a patient may be missing teeth. After being left undisturbed for a while, bone grows around ...

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Dr. Hagan is a wonderful dentist. He is always courteous and polite. All of the Dental Hygenists are top notch. They are all so friendly and go out of their way to make sure that you are taken care of no matter why you are there!
Bobbi Tipton
My trip today involved being fitted for lower dentures and a tooth extraction . I was treated like I was family instead of just another patient . Thanks for the care and concern that was given!
Leon Cox
Quality dental care from Dr. Hagen and his staff. They are committed to providing their patients with the best care possible and will do whatever it takes to make you feel at ease!
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