Vero Beach Art of Dentistry

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2155 Ponce De Leon Cir, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry requires hundreds of hours of postgraduate training. It may surprise you to learn that most dental schools do not teach courses in cosmetic or advanced restorative dentistry, and the few that do are limited to a few introductory courses. Gifted with an artistic eye, a rigorous program of over 2000 hours of postgraduate training and a relentless pursuit of excellence, Dr. Johnson Hagood has surpassed the ordinary and achieved the extraordinary through the art of dentistry.

Since 1991, Dr. Hagood has provided contemporary dental services to the Vero Beach area, and utilizes the latest in dental techniques, technology, and materials. He has advanced training and credentials in the areas of preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, TMJ disorder treatment, and implant dentistry. He has extensive experience in whole mouth restoration for predictably long-lasting optimal health, function, and appearance.

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Hagood earned a B.S. degree in Biology from East Carolina University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. His professional achievements are numerous, making him one of the highest credentialed dentists in the United States. He has completed hundreds of hours of advanced dental education, including numerous courses at The Pankey Institute, The Dawson Academy, Spear Education, and The Eubank Institute. He is the author of numerous articles in dental journals and a frequent lecturer on advanced dental procedures.

In addition to providing his patients with the finest dentistry, Dr. Hagood has other passions, including surfing, photography, playing the guitar, and oil painting. His painting are displayed throughout our state-of-the-art dental facility. Dr. Hagood is married to the true love of his life, Dana, and they have two fine young children Alex and Bayne. They are members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach, where he currently serves as the Junior Warden and a Lay Eucharistic Minister.

Dr. Hagood is conveniently located in Vero Beach. Because of his reputation for expertise in cosmetic dentistry and his patient-centered philosophy of care, patients come to him from communities throughout the Treasure Coast, Space Coast, and Central Florida, including the communities of Sebastian, Ft. Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Windsor, Stuart, Johns Island, Orchid, Indian River Shores, Palm Bay, Melbourne, Hutchinson Island, and Merritt Island, and Orlando.

To create a beautiful and natural looking smile, a Restorative and Cosmetic Dentist must be more than an excellent technician. To achieve picture-perfect smiles, a dentist also must be an artist. We hope you enjoy a sample of paintings by M. Johnson Hagood, DDS, of Vero Beach, FL.

Dr. Johnson Hagood and his team at Vero Beach Art of Dentistry believe in providing patients with personalized and thorough care to prevent and predictably treat dental problems. Dr. Hagood has such a passion for optimal function and esthetics that your dental restorations, or perhaps, complete smile makeover will be naturally beautiful, comfortable, and long-lasting.

Every procedure performed in this office will be accomplished to the very best of our ability, and we promise that our abilities will never cease to grow and to improve with our continuous quest for excellence. All our staff members are motivated and enthusiastic about dentistry, and all exhibit a passion for their work and for the care of our patients. Skill and tender loving care combined with our knowledge of dentistry, ensures both excellent dental care and a positive dental experience for the entire family.

We are more than individualized in our approach. We are truly patient-centered. This means we schedule ample time for you and are eager to answer your questions and discuss all aspects of oral health and the appearance of your smile. We want you to not only feel comfortable sharing your wishes and concerns, but also to feel in control. We want you to be fully informed about your oral health and treatment choices so you can make the choices that are best for you. Diagnosis of complex problems isnt hurried. Dental records and models are made with digital technology, for precise treatment planning. Treatment plans are carefully developed, and you are a partner in choosing the optional methods and materials that may be used. You will not be hurried to make choices, and Dr. Hagood will guide you in a genuinely caring way with his significant experience and renowned expertise.

We are committed to patient comfort and care. The setting for our dental office typifies the care and comfort provided to our patients. Our patients say it is more like someones home than a medical office, with a family room style reception area adorned with water fountains, live orchids, and Dr. Hagoods artwork. Each treatment room is private and quietand, with todays dentistry, there is no reason for you to experience discomfort during any of your treatment procedures.

We are committed to full communication. We take time to know you as a person so we can better understand your dental needs. No decision is made for your care until you understand all your treatment options and associated fees.

We are committed to empowering you to own your oral health and make healthy choices. Dr. Hagood and his team will always strive to help you learn about your status and needs in such a way that you will have all the information needed to confidently participate in the decision-making process. We will help you make the choices that are most appropriate for you, whether for major full-mouth rehabilitation or for the frequency of regular dental cleanings and checkups.

  • There should be no surprises. We shall always strive to inform you of what to expect regarding any course of action we choose to pursue together. This includes a commitment to keep your abreast of financial and other obligations associated with those choices.
  • Continuing education is a priority for the entire dental team at Vero Beach Art of Dentistry. We are committed to learning all the latest technologies, techniques, and aspects of restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, practice management, and preventive hygiene care. Dr. Hagood is committed to providing the greatest value to our patients by seeking the highest level of dental education in both functional and esthetic dentistry. He has accumulated over 2000 hours of advanced study and is recognized as one of fewer than 300 dentists worldwide to be accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the worlds largest association of cosmetic dentists.

    We are committed to the highest quality dentistry, and we offer a World-Class Warranty. We shall strive to stay abreast of the latest advancements in dentistry, as well as make available to you the most appropriate materials and pain-free techniques. Our office believes that excellent dental work should last a very long time. We also believe that our dental work is some of the best available in the world. Composite or plastic bonded restorations are warranted for a period of one year. Porcelain restorations are warranted for ten years as follows:

  • The patient has adhered to the treatment and recare recommendations of Dr. Hagood, including the use of an acrylic bite appliance. Yearly examinations by Dr. Hagood are needed, so he can monitor the condition of your restorations.
  • There has been much advancement in dentistry over the past twenty years, and keeping abreast with dental technology is one of Dr. Hagoods passions. In addition to the care, skill, and knowledge needed to produce world-class dentistry, having the latest technological tools is a necessity. We are committed to providing the latest in technological advancements for our patients. Here are just some of the technologies we use.

    The use of magnification in dentistry provides increased image size, which allows Dr. Hagood to visualize things not otherwise perceptible to the naked eye. Magnification not only improves the quality of care provided to patients, but also expands the range of treatments that can be offered. The benefits of magnification include:

    Dr. Johnson Hagood prefers the microscopic technology from Designs for Vision. The precision optical research and manufacturing done by Designs for Vision is among the most sophisticated in the world.

    Dr. Hagood utilizes the latest digital dental technology from Schick. Thanks to this new dental technology, we can take x-rays with up to 90% less radiation than from older conventional equipment and generate images that are superior to conventional x-ray film. Patients enjoy the efficiency, comfort, and safety. Patients can view their digital radiographs on the computer monitor as we discuss findings. From the clinical standpoint, retrievability and portability are greatly enhanced. Your digital x-rays can be emailed to the office of any clinician who is collaborating with Dr. Hagood, for example, an orthodontist, periodontist, or oral surgeon. Plus, digital x-rays are environmentally safe; they require no developing solutions, fixers, cleansers, or x-ray mounts.

    One of our most important dental tools has become the digital camera. Dr. Hagood prefers the Nikon D200 which boasts a 10.2 megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor and yields extraordinarily high-resolution images. Paired with a high magnification macro lens, the images are used for diagnosis, patient communication, treatment planning, treatment confirmation, shade matching, imaging, and lecture purposes. We have hundreds of before and after images to view of nearly every type of dental procedure. All images on this website were taken with our Nikon digital camera.

    Another highly technical digital dental tool used by Dr. Hagood and the hygiene department is the intra-oral digital video camera from Schick. The tiny device is a video camera that moves around inside the mouth and generates a tooth by tooth video exam. The images can be stored and later enlarged and printed.

    As it is difficult to see inside your mouth, the intra-oral camera provides a previously unseen magnified view. The pen-sized camera features a disposable cover to prevent contamination and is completely safe and painless to use. As the camera moves around the mouth, it sends video images to a computer which is then displayed on a monitor. The images can then be viewed by both the doctor and patient. Using the intra-oral camera allows the patient to better understand their needs by seeing what the dentist sees, while having it explained.

    Since the intra-oral dental camera generates images that are stored enlarged and analyzed, often dental problems can be caught in their early stages. Once treatment options are discussed and agreed upon, our intra-oral camera can be used to effectively track treatment progress. The digital images allow us to:

    One of our newest and most exciting technologies is the T-Scan Computerized occlusal analysis system. With T-Scan technology, Dr. Hagood accurately documents how your teeth come together, the points of contact, which points make contact first, and the forces that occur.

    For years, dental occlusion has been largely a matter of guesswork for dentists. Articulation marking paper, waxes, and pressure indicator paste were all the dentist had to assess and balance the forces of occlusion. Most of these methods are not sensitive enough to detect simultaneous contact, and none measure both biting time and force. The T-Scan occlusal analyzer has met this challenge, and we are now able to effectively reduce the risk of:

    The heart of T-Scan technology is a disposable, extremely thin, flexible sensor. By biting and chewing against the sensor, a three-dimensional view of your bite is displayed on our computer screen. We can then easily adjust the bite and check our work with the sensor. The process is repeated until the biting forces are equalized.

    Human joints have surfaces which rub together in function. Smooth, well lubricated surfaces in a proper biomechanical relationship produce little friction and little vibration. But surface changes, such as those caused by degeneration, tears, or displacements of the disk, generally produce friction and vibration. Different disorders can produce different vibration patterns or signatures. Analysis of a Joint Vibration Recording (JVR) identifies these patterns and helps Dr. Hagood distinguish among various TMJ disorders. A JVA recording is painless and takes only a few moments. The JVR diagnostic tool provides Dr. Hagood a fast, non-invasive, and repeatable measurement of TMJ function to aid in your diagnosis of TMJ function.

    Listening to your jaw joints is an important step in the TMJ-Occlusal exam process. A doppler is basically a stethoscope with a microphone that incorporates the Doppler wave effect. (This technology is also used to listen a babys heartbeat in the womb.) Dr. Hagood will place the stethoscope at each joint and listen to the sounds of your jaw joint movements. From the sounds, he can assess the amount of friction and quality of lubrication within each joint.

    Dr. Hagood uses the Picasso soft tissue dental laser to perform a variety of soft tissue procedures, such as opening and shaping gum tissue. Laser technology minimizes tissue damage. It also minimizes bleeding and the risk of infection because the high-energy light beam aids in blood coagulation and sterilizes the surgical area. Most patients do not experience post-operative pain because nerve endings are sealed and swelling is lighter than if a scalpel is used.

    Dr. Hagood uses an MLS cold laser (a low-level energy laser) as a therapeutic tool to treat TMJ and facial muscle pain. The lasers light energy penetrates deep into inflamed muscles and the temporomandibular joints to reduce inflammation and associated pain. As the light wand is passed over the skin, you will feel a comfortable warming sensation.

    Dr. Hagood uses lightweight and relatively quiet NSK electric handpieces for removing and polishing tooth enamel and shaping dental restorations. The smaller, slimmer design of these dental drills makes them more ergonomic than traditional handpieces and better supports the precision and efficiency of Dr. Hagoods work. The lighter touch of this type of drill works exceedingly well with todays dental ceramics, lending to their durability and exquisite appearance, even on the microscopic level.

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