I had been going to the same dentist for 10 years and went to see Dr. McMahon for a third (!) opinion on a crown for one of my wisdom teeth.
My regular dentist is in the process of transitioning out of his practice and the new dentist he brought in saw the crack in my tooth and immediately said I needed a crown. I’m no dentist, but he didn’t seem to take into account what was best for the surrounding upper and lower teeth in my mouth so I thought I would ask for another opinion.
Dr. McMahon spent a good amount of time evaluating the teeth above and below, and gave me a lot of information. Although I only asked him to look at one tooth, he took the time to consider every aspect of my surrounding teeth including my bite. I have a problem with gum recession and it could be due in part to grinding or clenching my teeth at night. I had no idea.
In the end he recommended what a second dentist had recommended which is to have the tooth extracted. I’m not really excited about the thought of that, but crowning a tooth that is cracked below the gum line in an area that is hard to clean would lead to further bacteria buildup and subsequent bone loss and I would eventually have to have the crowned tooth extracted anyway.
Going to Dr. McMahon was like finding a mechanic who is willing to explain what type of maintenance your car needs, and why. He didn’t dumb it down or take it for granted that I’m the patient and he’s the one who knows what he’s doing. I mean, it’s my mouth so I should know what the heck is going on!
The staff was also incredibly helpful (and patient!) when explaining payment and insurance coverage to me. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m excited about having a new dentist!