Enhanced Infection Control
Because of the nature of our work, dentistry has always included a focus on infection control, minimizing the risk that infectious diseases could be passed between patients, providers, and staff. We have always worn disposable gloves and surgical masks, washed our hands between patients, utilized single-use items when possible, treated reusable tools with chemical or high-pressure steam sterilization after each use, applied disposable barriers to high-touch surfaces, and disinfected operatory surfaces including chairs, counters, and equipment between patients. Maintenance and testing protocols are rigorously followed to ensure proper operation of sterilization equipment.
As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and more information is revealed about how spread can be prevented, you may notice we have implemented additional protocols and equipment in order to protect our staff, our patients, and our community by minimizing the risk of transmission.
- COVID-19 Screening Questionnaires prior to and on the day of appointment
- Patients call upon arrival and wait in their vehicles to minimize contact in the reception area
- Patients use hand sanitizer upon entry and wear a mask until we are ready to begin treatment
- Only patients with appointments (with one caregiver) to enter the office
- Temperature checks with no-touch thermometer for all staff and patients (and caregivers) upon entry
- Clear barriers at reception and check-out counters
- N95 (or equivalent) respirators worn at all times by clinical staff
- Washable or disposable gowns, face shields and head coverings worn for any procedure likely to generate aerosol or splatter
- H13 HEPA filtration units in every treatment room
- 1.5% hydrogen peroxide pre-procedure rinse
- Intra-oral suction devices to minimize aerosol production
- Limiting the use of aerosol-generating instruments unless necessary
- Disinfecting hypochlorous acid sprays between patients and daily fogging of the entire office (EPA-certified to kill SARS-CoV-2)
- Extended and staggered appointment times to accommodate additional disinfection protocols and minimize contact between patients
We continue to monitor the developing situation and will modify our preventive measures to best assure the health of our patients and staff.
Dental Services and Procedures
We provide a wide array of dental services for patients of all ages, including routine cleanings and checkups, fillings, crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, tooth whiten-ing, implant restorations, periodontal treatment, dentures and partials, and more. Treatment is provided in a comfortable environment utilizing modern technology combined with proven techniques and materials to ensure the quality and longevity of our restorations.
If you want dental services in a comfortable and professional environment, call your Austin Dentists Dr. Deidra and Dr. James today!
We emphasize prevention at McLane Family Dental. Routine dental examinations and cleanings, combined with education and good oral hygiene and dietary habits encourage life-long oral health and minimize the risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Other preventive services we provide include sealants, topical fluoride, and nightguards.
Want to smile with complete confidence? Even a subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel about yourself. Cosmetic procedures such as bonding, veneers, crowns, and tooth whitening can help you attain a smile you can be proud of.
Dental implants are rapidly becoming the standard for replacement of missing teeth due to their potential for longevity, stability, and natural appearance. Implant crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures are an excellent alternative to restore function and esthetics when a tooth or teeth have been lost.
Nitrous and Oral Sedation
We want your experience at McLane Family Dental to be as comfortable as possible. We offer anti-anxiety options such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedatives to help more anxious patients relax during their visit.
Many people desire a brighter, whiter smile, and some patients will benefit from teeth whitening. At McLane Family Dental, we offer take-home teeth whitening with custom-fitted trays for optimal results (usually within two weeks) and minimal tooth sensitivity.
Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Periodontal treatments such as scaling and root planing (deep scaling) or antimicrobial therapy are focused on establishing a state of health in the gums and bone that support the teeth.
Dentures and Partials
If you’ve lost several, or all, of your natural teeth due to tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, or injury, complete or partial dentures are one alternative to restoring your ability to eat, speak, and smile. In addition, implant-supported dentures offer dramatically increased retention and function over traditional dentures.
Tooth-colored composite fillings offer a natural-looking solution for fixing cavities or chipped teeth.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown (sometimes called a “cap”) can cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough natural tooth left or the tooth is starting to crack. It can be used to attach a bridge to replace a missing tooth, protect a weak tooth from breaking, or restore one that’s already broken. Crowns can also be used to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials, like porcelain, designed to cover the front side of teeth. Veneers may be placed to correct gaps in your teeth or cover teeth that are irreversibly stained, badly shaped or crooked.