Special Needs Dentistry


Everyone deserves a healthy smile. Dr. Andrew Lunn of Chattanooga Family Dentistry has nearly three decades of experience working with special needs patients. They are warmly welcomed at our Chattanooga, TN, dental practice. We can treat patients with special needs at our office or at a local hospital or surgery center, depending on which accommodations they need.

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[00:00:08.880] I have been doing special needs dentistry for many years, [00:00:11.776] 27 years to be exact. [00:00:13.490] I have done a multitude of treatments on special needs patients. [00:00:16.760] We see them here in the office, [00:00:18.436] and we have done a variety of treatments to help them [00:00:21.101] maintain and keep their teeth as long as possible. [00:00:24.210] We have down syndrome patients, we have cerebral palsy patients, [00:00:27.459] we have Fragile X. [00:00:28.876] All of those patients have [00:00:30.109] a certain diagnosis of what caused their issues. [00:00:33.570] But 80% of the mentally and physically handicapped adults [00:00:36.781] don't have a diagnosis of what exactly happened to them. [00:00:39.518] All of them have a need of trying to maintain their teeth. [00:00:42.451] We find sometimes that their behavioral issues [00:00:44.818] is related to their teeth. [00:00:46.330] If we can get their teeth fixed up and get them in better shape, [00:00:49.668] then their physical and their emotional issues that they have [00:00:53.918] tend to settle down. [00:00:54.951] If they are high functioning enough [00:00:57.134] and can sit, tolerate well in a dental chair, [00:00:59.418] then we'd love to have them come for our regular hygiene program. [00:01:02.843] If they are not high functioning [00:01:04.651] and then we have to take them to a hospital or a surgery center. [00:01:07.690] We like to take them every 18 months to two years [00:01:10.281] to take care of their dental needs, just to get them all fixed up [00:01:13.650] and make sure that they can maintain their teeth [00:01:15.759] and have a better quality of life.

Dr. Lunn

Chattanooga Family Dentistry

Dr. Andrew Lunn is a highly trained general, restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentist who has completed hundreds of hours of training in order to provide his patients with the most advanced care. He is a member of several prestigious organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Tennessee Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Tennessee Dental Association
  • Chattanooga Area Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our family-friendly dental practice, request a consultation online or call us at (423) 553-8858.

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So thankful to finally have a dentist who knows what he is doing!! Everyone is so friendly and makes me feel welcome. It takes away the anxiety of going to the dentist. Anna - patient

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