Tooth Extraction – What is It and What Can You Expect?

When you were 6, losing a tooth was a rite of passage, achieved maybe by incessant tooth jiggling, biting into an apple, or tying a string around the tooth and giving it a tug. But as an adult, tooth loss is hardly cause for celebration, yet having a tooth pulled is sometimes necessary.

What is Tooth Extraction and What are the Reasons for Pulling Teeth?

So. You ask. What exactly is tooth extraction? Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged to be repaired, say from trauma or decay. Other common …

What is the Big Deal About Facial Trauma?

Oral surgeons perform the proper treatment of facial injuries. These professionals must be well versed in emergency care, acute treatment and long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation – not just for physical reasons but emotional as well. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma.

Injuries to the face, by their very nature, impart a high degree of emotional, as well as physical trauma to patients. The science and art of treating these injuries requires special training involving a “hands on” experience and an understanding of how the treatment provided will influence the patient’s long term function and appearance.

Dr. McGann meets and exceeds these modern standards. He is trained, skilled, and uniquely qualified to manage and treat …

Sleeping Beauty: A Patient’s Struggle With and Triumph over Sleep Apnea

A Patient’s Sleep Apnea Journey



Mr. Michael Munsey knew all too well the symptoms of sleep apnea—loud snoring, lack of energy during the day, morning headaches, and restless sleep. Unfortunately, he had been struggling with the condition for years and was finding little success in treatment. His lack of success was not for a lack of effort. In fact, under the care of his ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon, he underwent sinus surgery hoping to provide some symptomatic relief. Naturally, he was disappointed when the symptoms persisted; and like many who suffer from the condition, his everyday bedtime ritual involved using his continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. The CPAP device is a face mask that provides a constant positive pressure, keeping the tongue away …

5 Dental Terms You Think You Know, But Do You?


Here are five dental terms that you might have heard before, but didn’t really know what they mean or why they are important.

Impacted Tooth: When a tooth is unable to fully enter the mouth it is said to be “impacted”. In general, an impacted tooth is prevented from breaking through the gums either by tissue, bone, or another tooth – that is to say, there is not enough room. The teeth that most commonly become impacted are the third molars, also called wisdom teeth. An impacted tooth can cause other dental problems, including infection of the gums, displacement of other teeth, or decay. At least one wisdom tooth becomes impacted in nine of every ten people.

Bruxism: Bruxism is the technical term for grinding and clenching …

Leadership In Dentistry Series

On October 3rd, McGann Facial Design hosted leading dental practices throughout San Diego to hear Greg Clowminzer, a noted business and life coach, speak about how to grow one’s practice. The message focused on how leadership, at all levels, and self-awareness can lead to increased productivity and ultimately a better patient experience.

Do you ever feel that there is never enough time in the day to get everything done? This was just one of the topics tackled by Mr. Clowminzer. No doubt, we have all felt that way one day or another. Greg challenged us to not think about managing our time, but our energy. Personal energy is really the engine of productivity. If we understand our own internal cycles, focusing our high-energy periods on difficult or challenging topics, the productivity …

Treating and Preventing Facial Injury

Play Hard. Play Safe. Prevent Facial Injury.

Did you know that most sports-related facial fractures among children occur when they’re trying to catch a baseball or softball? According to new research, these injuries are relatively common, and they can be serious. Study Leader Dr. Lorelei Grunwaldt and colleagues at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh examined how and when facial fractures occur in various sports. The data will hopefully allow for targeted and/or sport-specific craniofacial fracture injury prevention strategies.

The study, published in the June issue of the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, involved 167 children and teens treated in the emergency room for a sports-related fracture between the years 2000 and 2005. About 11% of facial fractures were sports-related. Of the children treated for facial …