At McLean Family Dental, our vision for our patients is to give them predictable long-term strategies for functional and esthetic dental health.
Dr. McLean is dedicated to providing comprehensive, quality dental care in a comfortable and caring, professional setting. Dr. McLean provides a broad spectrum of procedures and services to patients of all ages, including preventative, cosmetic, surgical, and advanced restorative dentistry. Dr. McLean and his staff are dedicated to enhancing the lives of their patients by helping them achieve optimum oral health and improve their smiles.
We have been recognized by the American Society of Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD) as a premier dental team in providing optimal outcome implant dentistry. From single tooth solutions to full mouth reconstruction, our office is experienced to provide the full spectrum of implant dentistry.
Few dentists are trained to provide Intravenous (or IV) sedation for their patients. IV sedation is an excellent method of treatment for patients who have severe dental anxiety or extensive dental needs, such as wisdom teeth removal. IV sedation can provide a much better patient experience because medications are administered directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous line.
During IV sedation, the patient is administered medication intravenously. This combination of medications induces a drowsy and relaxed feeling, enabling the patient to remain completely calm and sedated throughout their treatment.
Throughout this process, the patient's vital signs are monitored. Although patients are not completely unconscious, many patients sleep through their dental appointment. Few patients have any memory of their treatment.
Patients who have IV sedation must have a friend or family member bring them to the dental office and return them home.
In addition to relieving patient concerns of relieving anxiety and the desire to have no memory of the procedure, IV sedation offers a distinct advantage over oral sedation as it allows Dr. McLean to specifically monitor and balance the amount of medication provided to the patient at any given moment. This ability to customize the quantity and type of medications to your individual needs, coupled with the fact that you continue to breath for yourself and not through endotracheal intubation, make IV sedation the treatment option of choice for most procedures in a dental setting.
Dr. McLean also provides oral sedation as an alternative for patients with dental anxiety and other needs. Please contact us to see if either type of sedation may be appropriate for you. We will gladly discuss your needs in an understanding way.
Wisdom teeth may become a problem for you as they grow and develop in each corner of your mouth. Since development normally spans several years, problems often develop gradually. Nevertheless, these gradual changes can cause sudden and severe pain. Understanding why such things can happen may help you to deal with such problems, or better still, to encourage you to take preventive measures before they occur. And the primary preventive measure for wisdom teeth is removal, preferably at an early stage.
The jawbone grows to approximately its adult size by your late teens. Unfortunately, that size is often too small to hold developing wisdom teeth. This happens because our jaws are smaller than those of early humans, who needed large jaws and more teeth for their tougher diet.
When there is not enough room for your wisdom teeth, they may become impacted, or partially trapped in the jawbone and gums. The crown, or top of the tooth, may erupt, or just break through the gum, or it may remain completely within the bone. The roots can grow in unusual directions and may cause a variety of problems in your mouth and with your sinus cavity or the nerve in your lower jaw.
A wisdom tooth may grow toward your other teeth, away from them, or even in horizontal or vertical positions. When such conditions occur, it's far simpler and less painful to have them removed early, before they have a chance to firmly anchor in your jaw as the teeth grow and the roots lengthen.
Not everyone has problems with their wisdom teeth. Factors that determine whether you will have problems include the size of your jaw and how your wisdom teeth grow in. There may be pain and swelling, or you may have no symptoms at all, even though the other teeth in your mouth may be at risk of damage. In addition to actual pain, common problems caused by wisdom teeth can include gum disease, crowding, decay, poor position, and cysts.
Since it is not practical for most people to evaluate how their wisdom teeth are developing, the best approach is to visit your dentist or Dr. McLean for an evaluation. They will review your dental history, take dental X-rays, and perform an examination to determine the general health of your mouth and the condition of your wisdom teeth. If a problem with your wisdom teeth is detected, they may recommend surgery to remove them and eliminate or avoid any unpleasant symptoms. Early removal is best for most patients, as it usually helps to avoid much more serious problems later on.
Dr. McLean is a member of the American Society of Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD). ASIRD is committed to improving the quality of care for dental implant patients by elevating the standards of surgical and restorative dental education and practice. Not every dentist routinely restores and maintains dental implants and not all placers of dental implants are surgeons. By using an ASIRD team, rest assured that your dentist routinely restores and maintains dental implants and only a trained dental implant focused oral surgeon will place your implant.