Like other companies chosen by the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Employer Appreciation Committee for a monthly award, Family Dentistry of Neosho was nominated.

Like other companies chosen by the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Employer Appreciation Committee for a monthly award, Family Dentistry of Neosho was nominated.
The nominee was a patient who was “scared to death” to go to the dentist, but noted how the staff made her feel at ease, prompting her to want to honor the practice.
“That’s the best endorsement we can get,” said Jon L. Reagan Jr., DDS, PC, of the general dental practice at 1112 Baxter St.
The patient’s nomination led to Family Dentistry being selected as the chamber’s February business of the month.
Reagan, who’s had a practice since 1998 in Neosho, and a staff of 14 have been at the current location since 2003. The dentist likens the two-story, residential-looking structure to being at home.
“I’m home. This is home for me. You always want to make your home comfortable,” he said. “Whether it’s here, at home, at church or in the community, that’s home. We always want to make sure it is comfortable.”
It’s all part of Reagan and his staff’s pledge to provide patients with excellent, compassionate dental care. They want to be trusted to treat patients with respect, care and integrity.
“The ladies I work with are top notch and make me look really good,” he said.
In addition to the personal touch given patients, Reagan also ensures he has the latest technology to treat patients, such as CAD/CAM dentistry and X-ray imaging using a three-dimensional cone beam.
“We consider ourselves a high-touch, high-tech office,” he said.
The dental practice is involved in the community, particularly by working with local schools. “If we’re asked, we do it.”
Reagan always is eager to help the community any way he can. “I have a soft spot for kids. My parents were foster parents, so we’d have lots of kids in the house,” he said. “We give away a lot of toothbrushes because we can’t tell people no.”
Reagan grew up near Noel. After graduating from McDonald County High School, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. After earning his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1993, he completed his general practice residency with the U.S. Navy at Bethesda, National Naval Medical Center in Maryland. He also graduated from the Dawson Center of Advanced Dental Study, a leading institute for the practice of comprehensive dental care, treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and complex restorative issues.
Reagan and his wife of 22 years live in Neosho with their two daughters. He and his family have been involved the past few years with North Belize Medical Mission by providing dental care. The mission trips have made Reagan realize how much impact his team can have on the people of Belize.
“Without knowing it until after the fact, our team was the first in that country to introduce sealant. I wasn’t even thinking about it. I was just doing what I do,” he said. “They had never heard of sealant. Our kids all have sealants to prevent decay. We shared with them how to place a sealant. The decay rate there is staggering, so it was really nice to be able to do that.
“Most of the time in the mission field, you’re just taking out teeth. We actually get to save some and perhaps prevent cavities.”
Reagan is excited in particular with the CAD/CAM dentistry and 3-D cone beam, both of which allow taking an image of a patient’s mouth to make a virtual model such as for a crown. The model is sent to a milling chamber on site, which makes a crown out of a block of porcelain.
The 3-D cone beam creates an X-ray image that can be rotated in any direction on a computer screen. This allows for varying angles and better views of, for example, the jawbone structure before putting in an implant.
The result is a quicker, but better, process that can reduce the number of office visits.
“The accuracy level of what you do goes way up,” he said of the technology. “Who wins? The patient. That’s what it’s really all about. That’s why I get the technology. If I want to treat others like I want to be treated, I want the best.”
What is CAD/CAM dentistry?: It uses computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing to improve the design and creation of dental restorations, especially dental prostheses such as crowns, veneers, bridges, implants, dentures and orthodontic appliances.