PERIODONTAL SURGERY VANCOUVER
Gingival Grafts (Gum Grafts)
Most commonly used to correct regions of recession or receding gum lines. During a 1 hour micro surgical procedure, tiny incisions are made to transfer donor tissue from one area of the mouth to correct a defect in another area of the mouth.
Pocket Reduction Surgery
Used to correct areas of moderate to advanced periodontal disease. Your gums should be tightly hugging the teeth and bone. When periodontal disease sets in, gingival pockets increase making dental hygiene next to impossible.
Reduction of the excess gum tissue can make oral hygiene feasible and prolong the life of the teeth.
Laser Gum Treatment (Pocket Sterilization)
A more comfortable, non- surgical alternative to traditional gum surgery. Laser light is passed around minimally inflamed periodontal pockets, eliminating the harmful bacteria causing the disease. Post laser treatment and gingival attachments will form improving oral health.
Dental Implants (Endosseous Implants)
Surgical component to the replacement of teeth or to fix a denture to the jaw. Successful placement of Dental implants depends mainly of the health of the recipient, surgical technique and the bio-mechanical load place during function.
Dental Implant (Appointments)
The most reliable, tried, tested and true method to place implants is done in multiple stages and allows for maximum osseointegration / fixation of the implant. In certain cases implants may be placed immediately after a dental extraction. Immediate implant placement always requires a bone graft to fill in the voids between the implant and the bony extraction socket walls.
The most common form of dental bone graft would be used in a procedure known as socket preservation. After a dental extraction, particulate bone known as allograft can be placed in the fresh extraction socket to reduce postoperative pain, incidence of dry socket and preserve alveolar bone. A collagen membrane serves as a scaffolding to enhance new bone and tissue formation.
Root Canal Treatment
If bacteria enters the living area of the tooth, root canal treatment may be required. Quite often, tooth decay will go untreated for years and the patient will be asymptomatic. Regular dental checkups are needed to prevent emergencies from arising.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
A very common procedure requested by patients at Seaside Dental is to have impacted wisdom teeth removed. At the age of 16, wisdom teeth are 3 quarters formed. This is a good time to have a panoramic x-ray taken and to determine if the wisdom teeth pose any problems. Removal of wisdom teeth can be for a number of reasons, most commonly, disease or inadequate space may? erupt in the mouth. Also in some cases, prior to orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign, a per-treatment surgery may be required.
Anxiety from the thought of dental procedures can be reduced or even eliminated through the use of various sedation techniques. A class of medications called Benzodiazepines can be safely administered for any dental procedure, from the most simple to the complex. Dr. Duffy recommends to book a consultation appointment to discuss the most appropriate sedation technique personalized for you.