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!
Full & Partial Dentures
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.