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Hagan Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We pride ourselves on patient education, and an important part of this is always being available to answer your questions. Your dental needs are unique, and we want to ensure that your treatment is customized specifically for you. Asking questions helps us understand what's important to you so that we can provide appropriate care.

Our team works hard to build trusting relationships so that you can feel comfortable asking us about anything that's on your mind. We have shared some of the questions we hear frequently, but you are welcome to call our office at (423) 239-8021 or fill out our convenient online contact form

No question is too small, and the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!

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New Patients | Hagan DentistryWe are always happy to welcome new patients to Hagan Dentistry!

Contact Us to Book Your First Appointment

Please call our office to make an appointment, or use our convenient online contact form.

We accept almost all dental insurance plans and will be happy to file your claims for you. Patients without dental insurance are always welcome as well, and we will work with you financially based on your particular treatment needs.

Our Partner ProvidersDental Insurance | Hagan Dentistry

We are preferred providers for several of the primary dental insurance plans that employers in the Kingsport area offer, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield of TennesseeDelta Dental of Tennessee, MetLife, and United.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield dental insurance is offered to employees of Eastman Chemical Company, Domtar, Sullivan County, and Washington County among others.

Delta Dental Insurance is offered to employees of BAE Systems, Eastman Credit Union, the City of Kingsport, the State of Tennessee, Jacobs Field Services, and the Johnson City Medical Center among others.

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We know that dealing with dental insurance plans can often be confusing. If you have any further questions about your dental insurance or the other payment options we offer, please give us a call at (423) 239-8021 or refer to our financial page for more information.

Pregnancy Dental | Kingston, TNYes. In fact, most obstetricians highly recommend it. Pregnant women can be more prone to gingivitis (gum bleeding and irritation) because some of the hormones cause an exaggerated response to plaque and bacteria. Furthermore, pregnant women can have an uptick in cavities if they are snacking more frequently.

There has also been an association of pregnant women with gum disease being more prone to pre-term births and low birth weight babies. Another important reason to get cavities addressed before the baby is born is that the bacteria that cause cavities are contagious and are frequently passed from mother to child.

It is very safe to have dental cleanings, fillings, and x-rays during pregnancy.

Learn More with Dr. Hagan

dental exam | cosmetic dentistry Laughing gas is more commonly known as nitrous oxide in the dental office. It’s a great option that we have in our office to help patients relax and be more comfortable during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and flows through a small mask that rests on a patient’s nose. Nitrous oxide does not make people unconscious (although some people get so relaxed that they do sleep). Patients are able to hear and respond to others while they are on nitrous oxide. We tell our patients that they will still know what is going on. They just won’t care as much about it.

People are often aware that it is used for dental treatment on kids, but many don’t know that it is available for adults as well. One great benefit is that it leaves your system within a few minutes of being turned off. This means that patients are able to drive themselves home afterward and don’t require a driver.

Contact our office to learn about your sedation options and schedule your appointment today!

Learn More with Dr. Hagan

preventative dentistry | kindsport tn You're Not Alone

Most people at some point in their life will experience a mouth sore. There are lots of different causes. The most common ones we see are due to a trauma, like burns from hot food, biting your soft tissue, or irritation from a dental appliance or broken dental work. We also frequently see patients with cold sores or canker sores. A good rule of thumb is that if you experience a mouth sore that doesn’t go away within 2 weeks, you should have it checked by your dentist because it could be a sign of an infection, disease, or disorder.

The good news for people who are frequent sufferers from canker sores or cold sores is that there are new medications that can make these irritating and sometimes embarrassing sores go away much quicker. We love to help people get relief from mouth sores, so call us if you have questions.

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Office Location of Hagan Dentistry | Kingsport, TNOur office is conveniently located close to I-81 in Colonial Heights behind the Regions Bank Building. We are on Clinic Drive, which you can access from Fort Henry Drive or Colonial Heights Road.

Contact Us

If you need further directions to our office, please don’t hesitate to call us at (423) 239-8021!

Cosmetic Dentistry

dental exam | cosmetic dentistry Laughing gas is more commonly known as nitrous oxide in the dental office. It’s a great option that we have in our office to help patients relax and be more comfortable during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and flows through a small mask that rests on a patient’s nose. Nitrous oxide does not make people unconscious (although some people get so relaxed that they do sleep). Patients are able to hear and respond to others while they are on nitrous oxide. We tell our patients that they will still know what is going on. They just won’t care as much about it.

People are often aware that it is used for dental treatment on kids, but many don’t know that it is available for adults as well. One great benefit is that it leaves your system within a few minutes of being turned off. This means that patients are able to drive themselves home afterward and don’t require a driver.

Contact our office to learn about your sedation options and schedule your appointment today!

Learn More with Dr. Hagan

Crowns & Bridges

Yes, we offer several alternatives to fillings and crowns that contain metal. Dr. Hagan will make recommendations and help you choose the option that is right for your situation.

smiling man | Tooth-Colored Fillings in Kingsport TNTooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent choice because we can design them to match your natural tooth color. This allows us to create a restoration that is strong, durable and blends beautifully with your smile. Even you may not be able to see the repair!

The types of crowns we offer are all-porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), and gold. Porcelain crowns are very popular because they are a stable restoration that Dr. Hagan can make to look like a natural tooth. Both PFM and gold crowns can withstand a lot of biting force and are appropriate for teeth that do a lot of work, like molars.

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Dr. Hagan will recommend the filling or crown material that best fits your needs. Our beautiful, high-quality restorations are designed to withstand a lot of wear and, with proper care, will give you many years of service. If you have questions about any of our restorations, please call our office at (423) 239-8021. We will be happy to arrange an appointment for a convenient consultation.

As dental professionals, we always like to save teeth if it all possible. However, there are certain circumstances where a tooth cannot or should not be saved and must be removed. In those instances, it is good to know that we have several different options for replacing missing teeth.

dental bridges | dental implants | kingsport tn Dental Bridges

An option that many people have heard of is a bridge, or in dentist lingo - fixed partial denture. A bridge usually consists of two or more “abutments” or support teeth that are connected with a “pontic” or fake tooth in between them. The pontic rests over the top of the gums where the tooth is missing. Abutment teeth have to be contoured to a certain shape to be able to hold a bridge. This contouring is very similar to the way that a tooth is prepared for a dental crown. The bridge is cemented in place and does not come in and out.

Bridges are a good option when you have teeth on either side of a missing tooth so that these teeth can serve as abutments. We prefer to do bridges in areas where the potential abutment teeth either already have crowns or have extensive fillings. This is because we don’t like to cut a perfectly healthy tooth in order to contour it to fit the bridge.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are another option that we have to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are essentially titanium tooth roots that go back into the place where a tooth is missing. A crown is then placed on top of the implant so that it looks, functions, and feels like any other tooth.

Dental implants are more conservative than bridges because they only involve replacing the missing tooth/ teeth, and do not involve the adjacent teeth. They are also a great option for people who have a history with frequent cavities. It is impossible to get a cavity on a dental implant. Unfortunately, teeth can decay under a bridge.

Partial Denture

A third option we have to replace missing teeth is called a partial, or a removable partial denture.  As the name implies, a partial is removable. It is designed to be worn all day but should be removed at night. The partial is designed with a metal or acrylic framework that snaps around your existing teeth with clasps. The framework also lays over your gums where you are missing teeth and has some fake teeth sitting on top.

A partial is the most economical option to replace teeth, especially if you are missing multiple teeth. However, some people don’t like the idea of something removable in their mouth. Others have trouble adapting to the bulkiness of the partial.

Contact Us

Call our office if you would like to discuss replacing your missing teeth. We also have great new high-tech options if you are missing all of your teeth in one or both arches. We look forward to meeting you. 

Digital X-Rays

Pregnancy Dental | Kingston, TNYes. In fact, most obstetricians highly recommend it. Pregnant women can be more prone to gingivitis (gum bleeding and irritation) because some of the hormones cause an exaggerated response to plaque and bacteria. Furthermore, pregnant women can have an uptick in cavities if they are snacking more frequently.

There has also been an association of pregnant women with gum disease being more prone to pre-term births and low birth weight babies. Another important reason to get cavities addressed before the baby is born is that the bacteria that cause cavities are contagious and are frequently passed from mother to child.

It is very safe to have dental cleanings, fillings, and x-rays during pregnancy.

Learn More with Dr. Hagan

Emergency Dentistry

tooth graphic | Emergency Dentistry in Kingsport TNYes!

When you have a dental emergency, you don’t want to worry about where or when you will be able to get immediate care. By nature, emergencies are unexpected, so we always leave time in our day for patients who need to see us right away.

If you or your child needs an emergency dentist, please call our Kingsport, TN dental office. A caring member of our team will respond immediately and arrange an appointment so we can see you as quickly as possible, usually the same day.

After-Hours Emergencies

Of course, emergencies don’t always conveniently happen during office hours, and we want you to know that you have somewhere to turn if it is after hours. Simply call our office at (423) 239-8021 and leave a voice mail. We assure you that Dr. Hagan will get back to you right away to answer your questions and give you instructions for handling your situation until we can see you.

Please note that if a dental injury includes the face or jaw or loss of consciousness, you should call 911 or go directly to the emergency room. 

If your child participates in sports-related activities, you need to protect their teeth with a high-quality athletic mouth guard. At Hagan Dentistry, we are pleased to offer customized athletic mouth guards for all members of your family.

happy kids | Athletic Mouth Guards in Kingsport TN | Hagan Dentistry | Kingston, TNProtecting Your Child's Teeth is Our Priority

Kids today have more sports activities to choose from than ever before. Unfortunately, contact sports like soccer, basketball, and football top the list for dental injuries. However, it’s essential to adequately protect your child’s teeth no matter what type of activity they’re involved in. Non-contact sports like gymnastics, skateboarding, and bike riding also require a protective mouth guard.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to protect your child’s teeth with a strong customized mouth guard. Dentists estimate that sports are responsible for up to 40% of all dental injuries. Children most likely to experience sports-related dental injuries are between the ages of 7 and 11.

Our Customized Mouth Guards Are Made for You

Our customized guards are made of a sturdy material that provides better protection than anything you can buy over the counter. They are made specifically for your child using impressions of their teeth. This provides much better protection than store-bought boil-and-bite guards. We can also create mouthguards in a variety of colors and even add your team's logo!

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If your child needs a mouth guard, please call our Kingsport, TN dental office.

dental exam | cosmetic dentistry Laughing gas is more commonly known as nitrous oxide in the dental office. It’s a great option that we have in our office to help patients relax and be more comfortable during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and flows through a small mask that rests on a patient’s nose. Nitrous oxide does not make people unconscious (although some people get so relaxed that they do sleep). Patients are able to hear and respond to others while they are on nitrous oxide. We tell our patients that they will still know what is going on. They just won’t care as much about it.

People are often aware that it is used for dental treatment on kids, but many don’t know that it is available for adults as well. One great benefit is that it leaves your system within a few minutes of being turned off. This means that patients are able to drive themselves home afterward and don’t require a driver.

Contact our office to learn about your sedation options and schedule your appointment today!

Learn More with Dr. Hagan

Full & Partial Dentures

dental implants | kingsport tn What Sets Dental Implants Apart?

The quality that sets dental implants apart from other tooth replacements is that they consist of a tiny post that's rooted in your jaw. As they heal, implants fuse with surrounding bone and tissue, which makes them a stable base for dentures and bridges, they become a permanent part of your dental anatomy.

Dr. Hagan attaches a crown, bridge, or denture to the implant so you can eat, speak, and smile comfortably again. We will eventually need to replace the restoration, but with proper care, you will have your implant for a lifetime.

Protecting Your Implant is Vital

Since an implant becomes one with the structures that support your teeth, you do need to be proactive with your gum health. Implants have a reliable 95 percent success rate, and the most common reason they fail is advanced gum disease that threatens their stability in your jaw.

So, the way to protect your implant is to conscientiously brush twice and floss once daily. Visit Hagan Dentistry at regular intervals so we can check your gum health and take immediate steps to get any gum disease under control and protect your implant.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about dental implants in Kingsport, TN and how they can benefit you, please call our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Hagan.

Saving your teeth is our priority at Hagan Dentistry.

We do everything in our power to allow you to keep your natural teeth. There are times when a tooth needs to be extracted in order to contain an infection or to keep your surrounding teeth safe. If you do need a tooth or teeth extracted, we offer several different options for replacing them.

Our Tooth Replacement Options 

  • Dental implants
  • Fixed dental bridges
  • Full dentures and partial dentures 

Each option has its pros and cons, and Dr. Andrew Hagan will sit with you to go over what you can expect from dental implants vs. fixed bridges, or what the difference is between full and partial dentures. 

Replace Your Missing Tooth

Our Kingsport, TN dental staff can appreciate how overwhelming and even scary the thought of a dental extraction can be. We go above and beyond to make our patients feel warm, comfortable, and safe. 

At Hagan Dentistry, you don't have to fear bulky or artificial-looking dentures. We think everyone deserves to have a strong and beautiful smile that doesn't look obvious.

We create modern dentures that fit snug and securely, and that look just like your natural teeth. These aren't your parents' prosthetics that looked fake and oversized. 

Could Dentures Be Your Solution?

Schedule your tooth replacement appointment with Dr. Hagan to go over what your smile needs, lifestyle, and budget are. We'll help you determine if dentures in Kingsport are what you are looking for. 

As dental professionals, we always like to save teeth if it all possible. However, there are certain circumstances where a tooth cannot or should not be saved and must be removed. In those instances, it is good to know that we have several different options for replacing missing teeth.

dental bridges | dental implants | kingsport tn Dental Bridges

An option that many people have heard of is a bridge, or in dentist lingo - fixed partial denture. A bridge usually consists of two or more “abutments” or support teeth that are connected with a “pontic” or fake tooth in between them. The pontic rests over the top of the gums where the tooth is missing. Abutment teeth have to be contoured to a certain shape to be able to hold a bridge. This contouring is very similar to the way that a tooth is prepared for a dental crown. The bridge is cemented in place and does not come in and out.

Bridges are a good option when you have teeth on either side of a missing tooth so that these teeth can serve as abutments. We prefer to do bridges in areas where the potential abutment teeth either already have crowns or have extensive fillings. This is because we don’t like to cut a perfectly healthy tooth in order to contour it to fit the bridge.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are another option that we have to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are essentially titanium tooth roots that go back into the place where a tooth is missing. A crown is then placed on top of the implant so that it looks, functions, and feels like any other tooth.

Dental implants are more conservative than bridges because they only involve replacing the missing tooth/ teeth, and do not involve the adjacent teeth. They are also a great option for people who have a history with frequent cavities. It is impossible to get a cavity on a dental implant. Unfortunately, teeth can decay under a bridge.

Partial Denture

A third option we have to replace missing teeth is called a partial, or a removable partial denture.  As the name implies, a partial is removable. It is designed to be worn all day but should be removed at night. The partial is designed with a metal or acrylic framework that snaps around your existing teeth with clasps. The framework also lays over your gums where you are missing teeth and has some fake teeth sitting on top.

A partial is the most economical option to replace teeth, especially if you are missing multiple teeth. However, some people don’t like the idea of something removable in their mouth. Others have trouble adapting to the bulkiness of the partial.

Contact Us

Call our office if you would like to discuss replacing your missing teeth. We also have great new high-tech options if you are missing all of your teeth in one or both arches. We look forward to meeting you. 

Kids' Dentistry

Pregnancy Dental | Kingston, TNYes. In fact, most obstetricians highly recommend it. Pregnant women can be more prone to gingivitis (gum bleeding and irritation) because some of the hormones cause an exaggerated response to plaque and bacteria. Furthermore, pregnant women can have an uptick in cavities if they are snacking more frequently.

There has also been an association of pregnant women with gum disease being more prone to pre-term births and low birth weight babies. Another important reason to get cavities addressed before the baby is born is that the bacteria that cause cavities are contagious and are frequently passed from mother to child.

It is very safe to have dental cleanings, fillings, and x-rays during pregnancy.

Learn More with Dr. Hagan

mouthguards | cosmetic dentistry | kingsport tn Reduce the Risk of Injury

While collision and high-contact sports such as boxing and football are a higher risk for tooth and mouth injury, these type of injuries can and do happen frequently in other sports as well. Mouthguards basically act as a cushion and can help decrease an impact from a blow to the face. They are great at reducing the risk of broken or missing teeth and also injuries to the soft tissue inside the mouth and to the jaw. Many of these problems can be very expensive to fix and will sometimes lead to a lifetime of dental issues.

Our Recommendation

We recommend wearing custom-made mouthguards that are made to fight snugly to your individual teeth. They are more comfortable to wear and are usually easier to breathe with them in place. Our dental office also offers mouthguard customization where you can choose certain colors, logos, or numbers to place on them. Children who like the way their mouthguard looks and feels are more likely to wear it.

However, customized mouthguards are more expensive because they are made for the individual. If this is cost-prohibitive, consider boil and bite mouth guards as an alternative. They will fit better than other stock, performed guards and still offer good protection.

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Preventive Dentistry

Pregnancy Dental | Kingston, TNYes. In fact, most obstetricians highly recommend it. Pregnant women can be more prone to gingivitis (gum bleeding and irritation) because some of the hormones cause an exaggerated response to plaque and bacteria. Furthermore, pregnant women can have an uptick in cavities if they are snacking more frequently.

There has also been an association of pregnant women with gum disease being more prone to pre-term births and low birth weight babies. Another important reason to get cavities addressed before the baby is born is that the bacteria that cause cavities are contagious and are frequently passed from mother to child.

It is very safe to have dental cleanings, fillings, and x-rays during pregnancy.

Learn More with Dr. Hagan

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Over 40 million adult Americans suffer from a sleep disorder—and very few of us are aware of our diminished quality of sleep. Those who suspect that their sleep is being invaded by a condition unknown to them often do seek out treatment. 

What Risk Factors Affect Sleep Apnea?

Age—Men, women, and children are all susceptible to sleep apnea, but it is more common for middle-aged adults. Children can have unique sleep patterns that can require special treatments

Gender—While anyone can have sleep apnea, men typically suffer more from it than women

Weight—Overweight patients are more likely to have a sleep disorder

Blockages—If you have anything that can block your throat or sinuses you will most likely snore

Alcohol usage—Alcohol and drugs can relax the throat muscles, which often causes people to snore

Health issues—Certain medical issues can put you at higher risk for sleep apnea, like depression or high blood pressure

How to Know If You Might Have Sleep Apnea in Kingsport

  • You snore so loud your partner gets upset
  • You wake up frequently
  • You are constantly tired all-day
  • You doze off throughout the day
  • You wake up with a sore throat
  • You often have morning headaches

Call Us to Check Your Sleep Apnea

You might be at risk for sleep apnea! Give your Kingsport dentist a call today so we can do a sleep evaluation. 

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes patients to stop breathing during the night. The lack of oxygen signals your body to wake up, and it can actually be happening hundreds of times throughout the night without you even realizing it. This typically occurs due to an obstructed airway, which restricts airflow while you sleep.  

Sleep apnea is dangerous because it can be a contributing factor to a host of different health concerns, including:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Frequent headaches or migraines

Along with the many health concerns related to sleep apnea, it also dramatically affects your quality of life. Due to the lack of restful sleep, you may find yourself feeling exhausted during the day and unable to concentrate on tasks. The fatigue caused by sleep apnea even contributes to a higher risk of car accidents.

The good news is that there are solutions for sleep apnea that can help you get the good night's rest you need and deserve.

CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy, helps many patients manage their sleep apnea effectively. Kingsport dentist, Dr. Andrew Hagan, also creates customized oral appliances designed to open airways during sleep that are simple and comfortable to wear.

Contact Hagan Dentistry today if you think that you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea in Kingsport.

Teeth Whitening

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are a great way to restore your smile to health without compromising the aesthetics you want!

Composite resin material is customizable so that we can match it to your tooth exactly. This means a seamless appearance with your smile that no one will ever notice!

While composite resin fillings do differ in cost from metal fillings, most dental insurance plans do still offer a benefit that covers a portion of your treatment. If you have questions about your dental insurance and what your out-of-pocket expense looks like for tooth-colored fillings in Kingsport, we encourage you to call Hagan Dentistry today at (423) 239-8021. Ask to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members who will be happy to guide you through the process.

Even with a difference in cost, our patients have found that the benefit of tooth-colored fillings outweighs those of metal fillings. Protecting more of your natural tooth structure and providing reliable strength and durability are just a couple of ways that tooth-colored fillings benefit your smile.

If your Kingsport dentist has recommended a dental filling for you, don't delay your treatment. Tooth decay will progress and get worse, and it could even reach the nerve of your tooth and cause an infection. Contact our dental office today to schedule your appointment.

 

Tooth-colored fillings in Kingsport are a wonderful solution for cavities, but it also has other cosmetic uses! Referred to as dental bonding, this cosmetic dental treatment can be used by Dr. Andrew Hagan to correct minor smile flaws like severe staining, chipped teeth, enamel wear-and-tear, gaps between teeth, and even abnormally shaped teeth. 

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is one of our most popular cosmetic dental procedure for many reasons, including how minimally invasive it is, along with effective and quick. Porcelain veneers can also be used for fixing smile issues, but they do require an alteration of the enamel and multiple dental trips. Dental bonding does not require much prep and is often done in one dental office visit. 

Dental bonding also tends to be more cost-effective than veneers because we don't involve dental lab fabrication. 

At Hagan Dentistry, we can match the tooth-colored filling to your natural shade perfectly, so it blends in with the rest of your smile. Your Kingsport cosmetic dentist simply administers it to your tooth and shapes it to their liking. Once we are done shaping, we will use a special light to cure and harden the composite resin material. 

Once the bonding is complete, it will be impossible to tell the difference. We believe you will be delighted with what you see!

Give Your Kingsport Cosmetic Dentist A Call

Are you interested in learning more about tooth-colored fillings and dental bonding? The endless possibilities on how you can change your smile are exciting and simple!
 

Dentists have used silver amalgam fillings to restore cavities for decades; however, tooth-colored composite resin has become the material that most dentists and patients choose for fillings for several reasons.

  • Your Kingsport dentist can customize your composite filling to match your tooth precisely, making it unnoticeable.
  • We can preserve more of your natural tooth because composite material is bonded directly to your tooth.
  • Composite material doesn't react to temperature changes and pull away from your tooth as metal fillings do.
  • Direct bonding to your tooth adds strength and durability.
  • We can use composite resin to fix other cosmetic flaws like chipped teeth or discoloration.

Because metal fillings do break down over time, many patients are opting to replace them with tooth-colored fillings in Kingsport. If this is something that's of interest to you, we invite you to talk about your concerns and goals for your smile with Dr. Hagan. 

At Hagan Dentistry, we are your partners in achieving and maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. We are happy to discuss your options for repairing your smile with you if you are dealing with tooth decay. Contact our Kingsport dental office at (423) 239-8021 for more information about tooth-colored fillings.

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