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Oral Surgery

At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, oral health care is about prevention, early diagnosis, and proper treatment. As such, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis and the clinic team provide a wide range of services - from teeth whitening, to crowns and bridges, to cosmetic dentistry. But when required, oral surgery is offered for a number of more complex procedures.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars to grow in. Quite often, these teeth will grow in naturally, and without any problem. But there are times when these teeth don’t grow in properly. There may be a problem with surrounding gum tissue; there may be potential for food to get trapped; there may even be misalignment after the teeth grow in. In fact, if misalignment does occur, the adjacent teeth could be crowded, and added stress placed on the jawbone.

With wisdom teeth, close monitoring during regular clinic visits will ensure the early detection of problem areas. Patient symptoms will also play an important part. Like any other dental health issue, wisdom teeth symptoms will emerge differently for each patient:

  • Pain and/or discomfort in the back area of the mouth
  • Irritation from a molar that’s rubbing against the cheek
  • Swelling in the gum tissue around an emerging tooth
  • Visible crowding of the teeth around the new molars

For some, symptoms will develop from age 15 to 25. Therefore, regular clinic visits are integral to early detection of problem areas. Here again, an early diagnosis will set the stage for appropriate and timely treatment, particularly if there are complexities involved.

Surgical removal of wisdom teeth is a common procedure today. With moderate sedation and local anesthetic, a wisdom tooth is removed like any other tooth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are intended to replace a natural tooth, and support a new “replacement” tooth. Implants are surgical, as they connect the “replacement” tooth with the jaw. This is a good option for many patients, and with excellent outcomes. The benefit with implants is the natural feel once the procedure has been completed. Dental implants support the structure of the jawbone, and also ensure that “bite forces” are properly balanced.  

A dental implant is a “post” that is surgically rooted to the jaw – it’s designed to replace the root of the natural tooth. As such, the finished implant will actually “anchor” the “replacement” tooth. For the most part, dental implants are for patients who are in relatively good health, with healthy gum tissue, and with enough bone mass to ensure success. In most patients, this surgery is quite painless, and with excellent long-term outcomes.

For patients who visit the dentist regularly, it’s easier to diagnose whether a dental implant may be required. Early diagnosis makes it easier to institute an effective treatment plan. In fact, with early detection, additional surgical procedures may be avoided. By any measure, dental implants are a step-by-step surgical procedure. The implant must be properly rooted to the jaw; the gums have to heal; and the procedure takes some time.

With precision and care, a finished dental implant allows a tooth to remain natural looking, while feeling quite natural. Biting and chewing are also natural, making for excellent long-term results.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening has become a common surgical procedure, where gum tissue and/or bone are removed to expose more of a tooth. In situations where there is not enough tooth to allow for a filling or a crown, the dentist must surgically expose more of the tooth. Depending on how much gum must be removed, a surgical protocol will be established to ensure best results. 

Crown lengthening can be performed using a local anesthetic. Removing gum tissue will serve to expose the roots of a tooth and surrounding bone. And sometimes, removing a small amount of gum tissue will be enough to place a crown or perform a filling. However, there are cases where more substantial amounts of tissue must be removed, and sometimes, bone material.

Post surgery, the area is stitched, and prepped for a healing period. Clearly, personal patient care is important here, as are follow-up visits to the dentist. The gums themselves require about six weeks to heal, before any teeth can be further treated (with a crown, filling, or other procedure). This is particularly relevant when a follow-up procedure may include a dental bridge.

Crown lengthening can resolve a variety of oral health issues, restoring function, and improving aesthetic appeal. It’s a necessary and effective procedure prior to crown work or bridge work and must be expedited with care and precision. Importantly, the treatment time can be lengthy, so patients are encouraged to practice patience throughout the entire process. 

Bone Grafts

For some patients, the time may come when a “bone graft” is recommended in order to ensure a better outcome with implant surgery. And while the treatment plan may sound daunting to some, the truth is quite different. Today, bone grafting is both routine and painless, with excellent long-term results. For the most part, the procedure is minimally invasive and well managed in-office.

With advances in dentistry, “processed” bone materials are commonly used today for bone grafts. These have proven to be effective and long lasting. Leaving some of the science aside, the body recognizes the “processed” bone graft as natural bone and eventually replaces that material with native bone material. Bone grafts are particularly appropriate when required for dental implants.

A trusted dentist will discuss the bone graft option fully, and all the implications. As a pre-cursor to other surgical procedures (like dental implants), bone grafts can very skillfully set the stage for optimizing the surgical procedure that follows. With a good explanation of the process, a patient can be assured of good outcomes, and be relieved of the natural anxiety relative to the surgery.

For most patients, a bone graft procedure requires no more than moderate sedation, and a local anesthetic – this will serve to alleviate any pain or discomfort, and relieve any anxiety. After the surgery, there may be a need for antibiotics or pain medication while the graft heals. However, everyday life can resume while full healing takes place, ready for the upcoming implant surgery.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Thoroughly impressed from top to bottom. Beautiful facility, state of the art equipment, phenomenal dentist Dr. Lloyd Pedvis is indeed!! Beyond knowledgeable and best of all is his calming influence. He has such a down to earth approach, I just find it reassuring and just don't have the anxiety that I've had with past dental work. Just moved into the city and thrilled with our families new dentist and dental clinic!

Josh Katz

Dr. Pedvis and is staff are absolutely wonderful! My family and I are so happy that we have found him. He is absolutely amazing with young children. Both my kids needed work done and he was very gentle and patient. Both of them left his office happy and with great smiles! We are very happy we switched to Dr. Pedvis.

Holly D.

Our Family has gone to Dr. Pedvis for over 25 years in his previous location. You are all so lucky to have him and his team to look after you in Vaughan now. I am a very complicated dental patient due to healthcare issues… I knew I was always safe with Dr. Pedvis!  I will miss your great stories, and trying not to laugh, as you work on my dental issues. Most people do not get to laugh at "The Dentist". Your new office looks awesome! 

Dorothy McMahon

I have been a patient of Dr. Pedvis for 13 yrs now. He is the greatest dentist I've ever had. He's extremely gentle, listens to your concerns and is compassionate. I once emailed the office with a severe toothache when it was closed. Shortly after Dr Pedvis contacted me with my concerns, he called in a prescription for me to get me out of pain. He then took me first thing in the morning and did a root canal. I highly recommend this dental office to anybody looking for a caring dentist. Also the staff is fantastic and they truly care about you as a person.

Kimberly Oppermann

I have seen many dentist prior to Dr. Pedvis, so I believe I have ample reference points to say that Dr. Pedvis is at the top of his field. He keeps up to date with developments in the field, invests in the latest equipment for his office and is able to handle a wide variety of procedures, from simple to complex. He also maintains a equally top level network of professionals to add to his service capabilities if needed.

Christopher Omiecinski

I am pleased to share my experience I had at the office of Dr. Lloyd Pedvis. From the moment I stepped into the office, I was made to feel welcome and comfortable, by the friendly competent staff. I found the office environment very pleasant. Dr. Pedvis is an excellent dentist. He takes the time to explain every procedure, and is attentive that I was comfortable at all times.

Melissa Lombardo

Me and my family have been going to Dr. Pedvis 's dental practice since 1995. He always performs excellent services, and is often available to handle emergencies. First class staff ,as well. Their new location in Vaughan is stunning! Highly recommended.

Cameron A M Muir

Dr Pedvis was so amazing! I can't say enough good things about him. Not only did he get me in quickly for a root canal (replying on a Sunday to my plea for help!) He was so great about addressing my pain, and understanding my irrational fear. His follow up after the root canal was absolutely amazing! I was shocked at his follow through and care for his patients even after the procedure. I would recommend him to anyone in need of dental work.

Nancy B.

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