New Elizabethton dentist aimed at low-cost care

10:00 am | July 3, 2013

After working in dentistry for more than 19 years, Dr. Troy Hoover has developed a theory on why people avoid dental work – pain.

Photo by Max HrendaDr. Troy Hoover and his wife, Alicia, began their dental practice on Monday, July 1, in Elizabethton. Focusing more on oral surgery, Dr. Hoover said he hoped to focus more on pain relief rather than ‘cosmetic’ dentistry.

Photo by Max Hrenda
Dr. Troy Hoover and his wife, Alicia, began their dental practice on Monday, July 1, in Elizabethton. Focusing more on oral surgery, Dr. Hoover said he hoped to focus more on pain relief rather than ‘cosmetic’ dentistry.

“That’s what keeps most people out of the office,” Troy Hoover said. “So many people are scared. We’re hoping to change that.”

On Monday morning, Hoover’s dental practice opened its doors in Carter County for the first time at 1201 Highway 19E, Suite 3, in Elizabethton.

His practice’s goal? To provide care that people need, but may not be able to afford.

“We know there are a lot of people in this area that can’t necessarily afford a mainstream dentist,” Troy Hoover said. “We’re trying to offer affordable dentistry, at affordable rates, so people can get out of pain.”

Originally from Baton Rouge, La., Troy Hoover’s Louisiana practice primarily focused on “cosmetic” dentistry. However, after opening a satellite office in one of Baton Rouge’s suburbs, known as Walker, his wife, Alicia, said she noticed a dramatic difference in both her husband’s demeanor, and the patients’ needs.

“The people that came in there didn’t need cosmetic dentistry; they needed pain relief,” Alicia Hoover said. “I saw him come home, and the way that he felt at the end of the day was completely different. It felt good to help people instantly who needed it and couldn’t afford it otherwise.”

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