In Elizabethton, Tennessee, as always; and now in Linville, North Carolina!
Dr. Troy Hoover has been practicing dentistry since 1994, giving him over twenty years of experience with extractions and dentures for folks living in Elizabethton, Johnson City, & Bristol, Tennessee and for those living in Linville, Elk Park, Newland, Banner Elk, Grandfather Mountain and Linville Ridge in western North Carolina. He strives to provide a comfortable dental experience, always respectful of those with dental fear. His gentle southern accent helps ease patients into a relaxed state of mind during all procedures. His wife Alicia is a Registered Nurse and the Office Manager.
And now, in Linville, North Carolina, we have the association with our addition of Doctor Joan C. Schmitt, DDS, MSD, Periodontist with lots of experience in her field.
After working in dentistry for all these years, Dr. Troy Hoover has developed a theory on why people avoid dental work – pain. “That’s what keeps most people out of the office,” Troy Hoover said. “So many people are scared. We’re hoping to change that.” Have no fear! Dr. Troy Hoover understands that “dental phobia” is common and works with all patients to alleviate that fear. With twenty years of experience he has refined techniques to provide treatment that is as painless as possible.
Dr. Troy Hoover and his wife, Alicia, began their dental practice on Monday, July 1, 2014 in Elizabethton. Focusing more on oral surgery, Dr. Hoover said he hoped to focus more on pain relief rather than ‘cosmetic’ dentistry. Dr. Hoover’s wife Alicia, a registered nurse, manages the office and engages with every patient that walks through the door. Clementine, the family pooch is perhaps the most requested member of the staff.
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.”
Dr. Hoover focuses on tooth extractions, partial and full dentures. Custom dentures can be conventional or immediate.
Some More About The Practice
There is a Hoover family tradition of dentistry; could it be in the genes? Troy's father practiced dentistry for forty-three years, his brother is a dentist, and his son will join the practice later this year in 2021. For more than sixty-five years there has been a Dr. Hoover providing dental care to his community.
Dr. Troy Hoover is a graduate of LSU Dental School located in New Orleans, Louisiana and of the L.D. Pankey Institute for advanced dental education; whose mission is excellence in comprehensive dental care. He has more than twenty-five years of experience.
Before relocating to the Appalachian Mountains, Troy's practice in Louisiana was focused on restorative and cosmetic dentistry, and particularly when it resulted in pain relief for suffering patients, he also enjoyed performing oral surgery.
He established the Elizabethton, TN office in 2013 in fulfilling a life-long dream of living in the mountains of western North Carolina. In Elizabethton he discovered the most urgent need in the community was for affordable dental care, affordable extractions and affordable oral surgery. In 2020 he opened the Linville, North Carolina office and began to offer a wider array of preventative and restorative care to dental patients. He called on Dr. Joan C. Schmitt to join him. Dr. Schmitt is a periodontist he met in the years he served as a volunteer dentist with a non-profit clinic for low-income patients.
Dr. Joan C. Schmitt had been a dental assistant for six years when she followed her desire to provide the best oral health care possible that led her to dental school. This professional turn was followed by years of additional education as a periodontal specialist. Dr. Schmitt has thirty-five years of experience and is been a member of the Tennessee Board of Dentistry.
Both Dr. Hoover and Dr. Schmitt have a shared philosophy --- they believe each person deserves access to compassionate and affordable oral health care.