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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:
•  Better & More Comfortable Operatory Experience
•  Excellent Clinical Results Due to Enhanced Vision & Precision
•  Rapid Healing and Minimal Post-operative Discomfort

Read More About Reconstructive Periodontal Microsurgery
 Rendering of a microscope at Oregon Periodontics, P.C.

The Benefits

Dr. Robert Henshaw treating patient by looking in the microscope
More Comfortable Experience
The patient and doctor are in a more comfortable working environment. Dr. Henshaw works in a more ergonomic position without stress and tension instead of leaning over the patient. This allows the doctor and patient to be at ease during operating procedures.
Thread in the gum after microsurgery at Oregon Periodontics, P.C.
Excellent Clinical Results
Using the surgical microscope increases Dr. Henshaw's vision to be able to diagnose and treat where the naked eye is not able. Dr. Henshaw is able to perform his operations with up to 20x the magnification of the naked eye. Increased vision allows for greater precision.
Two closeup of a tooth showing difference in recovery process of regular vs microsurgery treatment
Improved Healing Time
Using a less invasive approach, with smaller sutures and incisions, Dr. Henshaw decreases trauma to the gums and thus increases healing and recovery time. Image above is a BEFORE and AFTER.

The Microsurgery Difference
Gingival Grafts - Both Day of Surgery
Gingival graft on gums after regular procedure
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.
Gingival graft procedure tooth after microsurgery procedure at Oregon Periodontics, P.C.
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.
Scalpel used in microsurgery

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.
Suture used in microsurgery

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 Microscope

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.)
Benefits of

Oregon Periodontics PC

Comfortable operatory experience

Excellent results due to enhanced vision & precision

Rapid healing & minimal discomfort

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