Dental implants

Dental implants are rapidly changing the way people live. They provide a replacement for the root of a tooth or several teeth, and the replacement tooth looks, feels and functions like normal teeth. This allows people to regain the ability to eat virtually anything and function normally in life knowing they have teeth that appear natural. they smile with confidence.

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed under the gum tissue into the bone surgically. The titanium bonds to the bone and provides the anchor support of the tooth or teeth, or even a denture. Implants preserve bone volume and preserve facial contours affected by tooth loss and aging. Some patients may have implants placed at the time of and extraction saving time with healing. Some require bone grafting (addition of bone) to allow implants placed at a later date. your consultation will include a discussion of all possible avenues to restore your smile.

Dental implants can be placed with local anesthesia, or with local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Either way, you will be very comfortable. Dr. Dahlman has placed thousands of implants over the last 20 years and utilizes the latest techniques and equipment. Once healed, dental implants are cared for as with your normal teeth. They should be a permanent fixture.

Bone Grafting

Over time, bone associated with missing teeth is resorbed or atrophies (goes away). This may leave a lack of bone volume for placement of implants. Replacement of bone, or regrowth of bone is possible with modern techniques. Dr. Dahlman utilizes bone from several sources including the patient (jaw or hip) and artificial sources (bovine – sterile). In addition, Dr. Dahlman can add soft tissues such as gum tissue and underlying collagen to better prepare the areas for implants. Bone can be added onto the dental ridge which supports teeth, or the sinuses to allow placement of implants in the posterior upper jaw. Dr. Dahlman has extensive experience in all facets of dental implants and bone grafting.

Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

Some patients require procedures preparing them for partial or complete dentures to ensure well fitting prostheses. Removal of excess bone, bone reshaping and smoothing, and removal of excess gum tissue are common procedures performed in our office. Coordination of procedures with an accredited denturist is commonplace as we take care of all steps involved from surgery to insertion of dentures.

Oral Pathology

The inside of our mouths are normally pink and smooth. Any alteration in this tissue can be a sign of a pathologic process such as oral cancer. Sores that do not heal within a few days, or lumps or white patches may be signs of problems. difficulty chewing and swallowing are also ominous signs. As an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, Dr. Dahlman has specialized skills in the removal of lesions and reconstruction of the defects caused by surgical removal. All procedures can be performed under intravenous sedation for the comfort of the patients. Specimens are investigated under a microscope and results are given personally by Dr. Dahlman.

Facial Trauma

As a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon with unique skills and experience in facial reconstructive surgery, Dr. Dahlman has the expertise in the management of all types of facial trauma. Dr. Dahlman’s training and experience include treatment of complex facial lacerations, intraoral lacerations and dental trauma such as fractured and displaced teeth, fractured facial bones including upper jaw, lower jaw, cheekbones and orbits. The treatment of facial fractures should be accomplished in a predictable manner with minimal effect on the patient’s facial appearance.

TMJ Disorders

Temperomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are a family of problems related to the jaw joints. Patients often have symptoms such as sore muscles with chewing, clicking or popping in the joints, limited ability to open their mouth, or inability to chew. Causes of TMJ disorders may be simple such as grinding of teeth, trauma to the jaws, or more complicated involving more serious diseases such as arthritis. A comprehensive examination including X-rays and possible CT scans will allow a diagnosis and dictate subsequent treatment. Treatment often includes simple solutions such as a soft diet, anti-inflammatory medications and fabrication of a night guard (splint). more complex situations may require surgical intervention. Dr. Dahlman is experienced in all facets of TMJ disorder treatment.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth in the mouth to develop and try to erupt into the mouth. there is often not enough room to allow these teeth in the mouth necessitating their removal. Wisdom teeth cause several issues such as an inability to clean, infections, cavities, and soreness and pain in the surrounding gum tissues. Impacted (stuck in the bone) wisdom teeth can also cause crowding of other teeth and an improper bite. Tumors and cysts can form around these teeth as well. Early removal is recommended to avoid these problems and to decrease the risk of surgery associated with the procedure. it is strongly recommended that wisdom teeth be evaluated by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in adolescence or young adulthood.

After a consultation with Dr. Dahlman, wisdom tooth surgery is usually easily accomplished with local anesthesia and intravenous (IV) sedation. Patients will not feel the surgery nor remember the procedure if under IV sedation. Patients will have a complete understanding of the pre- and post-surgery care instructions before undergoing surgery.

Dental Extractions

Periodontal disease (gum and bone disease) and tooth decay are the leading factors leading to tooth extraction. Other teeth may need extraction due to poor positioning or impaction, or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. Dr Dahlman will discuss options during consultation regarding removal and subsequent tooth replacement options. All replacement options are coordinated with your dentist or denturist.

Anesthesia

As a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Dahlman is unique in health care as he is trained in all aspects of anesthesia. Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are also unique in dentistry as the training is a rigourous 4 year training program including anesthesia at all levels. no other dentist nor dental specialty has this unique training. this translates into the safest form of anesthesia delivery. oral surgeons are involved in administering IV sedation, oral sedation, emergency airway management, and full monitoring of patients undergoing sedation. Dr. Dahlman is trained in CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Dr. Dahlman follows the strict guidelines of the college of dental surgeons. Dr. Dahlman insists on utilizing the mostly highly skilled registered nurses (RN’s) and surgical assisting staff.