Dr. McKenzie has extensive training in oral surgery and routinely performs many surgical procedures required by our patients. Whe required Dr. McKenzie utilizes the expertise of Dr. Perry Trester in North Vancouver. Dr. McKenzie likes having the control of treatment outcomes by being involved all the way thru. He treatment plans complex prosthetic cases, places the implants, and restores them. Patients particularly enjoy this service as they do not have the hassle of traveling to unfamiliar dental offices for their treatment.

Surgery performed on a regular basis at Whistler Dental includes mostly wisdom tooth extractions, but also more complex surgical procedures such as bone grafting, sinus lifts, ridge augmentation, ridge preservation. These are procedures that aid in the success of implant placement and restoration. Crown lengthening, and gingival re-contouring are adjunctive periodontal procedures routionely done in our office.With any surgical procedure there are certain risks. The risk is minimized with various techniques and medications such as antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Normal Post-operative Complications: it is normal after any surgical procedure to have some pain and swelling. This is the bodies normal response to trauma which surgery is a form of. By taking good postoperative care and by Dr. McKenzie having good surgical technique and protocal we can minimize these after effects as much as possible. First and foremost, everyone needs some recovery time after surgery. The length or revovery time varies between individuals, but I our office recommends at least 1 or 2 days of resting at home. It helps to have help or care and it is critically important to follow instructions regarding post-operative care for this time period. Take all drugs prescribed. Antibiotics and pain-killers arfe prescribed for a reason. They need to be taken. The day of the surgery, ice packs will help to keep the inflammation down. Ice will not help the next day. Warm moist heat will. Hot cloths will help to increase circulation and thus speed healing. The swelling should peak about 48 hrs post surgery. By day 3 you should note that the swelling is either the same or less. By day 4 the swelling should definitely be going down. If not there may be a problem and please contact our office. & to 10 days after the surgery the sutures if placed, need to be removed. Our office rarely uses resorbable sutures. Dr. McKenzie finds that Vicryl sutures tie better and last longer. Gut sutures which do resorb, sometimes resorb too soon and then you have an open wound again and the healing is back to square one.. Please follow instructions .