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Letter on COVID-19
from Oregon Periodontics
What is Microsurgery?
In the pursuit of excellence, Dr. Henshaw is dedicated to the incorporation of Periodontal microsurgery and dental implant microsurgery. Microsurgery ensures a minimally invasive approach to surgery.
Patients experience the benefits of Periodontal Microsurgery:
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The Microsurgery Difference
Gingival Grafts - Both Day of Surgery
The Typical Approach
In traditional gum grafting larger tools are used. Larger scalpels, needles and sutures create larger incisions and thus cause more bleeding and pain as well as require more recovery time.
The Microsurgical Approach
Dr. Henshaw uses a less invasive microsurgical approach, providing the utmost care and attention to detail. This approach is more precise, causing less trauma and bleeding to the gums.
|The Tools of Microsurgery
In traditional surgery, the scalpel is approximately 12mm (1/2 in) and the microsurgical scalpel is approximately 3 mm (1/10 in). Greater precision allows for better accuracy and less trauma to the tissues.
Suture & Needle Size
Standard needles are nearly three times the size of microsurgical needles. The suture (thread) is incredibly thin and would compare to a human hair, yet it's strength is comparable to the larger suture.
The Dental Microscope
The microscope makes details and fine structures clearly visible. It enables Dr. Henshaw to better visualize the regions of interest and consistently provide patients with high-quality examinations and treatments. Highly ergonomic functions enable convenient adjustment of the focal length while maintaining preferred working posture. The microscope also has camera options to facilitate patient consultation and documentation; depending on the patient's specific needs.
Dental Publication References
"As medicine and dentistry continue the pursuit of minimally invasive treatment, periodontal microsurgery and its principles will emerge as the methodology to meet both professional and public demand. The microscope provides a tremendous platform from which the microsurgical clinician can gather and observe detailed and precise amounts of information for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with skill and accuracy. Microsurgery leads to improved esthetics, rapid healing, reduced morbidity, and enhanced patient acceptance." -Carranza's Clinical Periodontology (Authors: Michael G. Newman, Henry Takei, Perry R. Klokkevold, Fermin A. Carranza; Contributors: Shanelec D., Henshaw R.)
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