For Dr. David McIntire, being an oral and maxillofacial surgeon isn’t only about being a skilled physician — it’s also about relationships.
“One of my professors in school always used to say, ‘Patients don’t care what you know — they want to know you care.’ You can’t fake that you care,” said Dr. McIntire.
In his practice, Dr. McIntire emphasizes showing both his staff and patients that he cares. All of his staff members have been with him for many years, and he and his whole team try to get to know each patient on a personal basis as much as possible.
“Every patient brings their own experience into the office. Most people who walk in the door would rather be somewhere else,” said Dr. McIntire. “I try to really listen to what each patient has to say and find out what their fear is. My goal is for my patients to leave here feeling that their doctor and the staff really care about them and how they do.”
Dr. McIntire grew up in El Dorado County. As a child, he always knew he wanted to go into dentistry. One of his father’s friends was a dentist, and he really enjoyed watching him perform procedures in his office. It wasn’t until he went through rotations in dental school at the University of the Pacific that he thought about specializing in oral surgery.
“I really liked anesthesia and the removal of wisdom teeth. It fascinated me,” said Dr. McIntire. “I realized I had a high aptitude for it, and my professors encouraged me to go into it. So I did.”
Following dental school, Dr. McIntire completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at UCLA Medical Center. He graduated with honors in 1987 and started his own practice from scratch in Sacramento. Around 2002, he was honored to be asked to be clinical director at his alma mater. He returned to Los Angeles where he continued his private practice in addition to teaching at UCLA. In 2008, however, he and his wife decided to return to Placerville to raise their two children. He has been practicing at his current location on Golden Center Drive ever since.
Dr. McIntire offers a wide array of dental procedures in his practice. In particular, he performs a lot of dental implants, bone grafts, wisdom and other teeth removal, and general and local anesthesia. All of his procedures are done in-house, and his office features state-of-the-art equipment designed for patient safety. He treats referrals from other dentists like his own patients and has also done mission work in countries like Figi, Peru, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. He says it’s all just part of what he loves to do.
“Patients come in with a problem, and my job is to fix it,” said Dr. McIntire. “It may not always be easy — there’s never a dull moment; it’s always a challenge — but when we get to the point of fixing their problem and patients are appreciative, money can’t buy that kind of satisfaction. It’s better than receiving a paycheck.”
For more information about Dr. McIntire or to schedule an appointment, please visit placervilleoralsurgery.com or call 530-622-4800.