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Dental surgery facts

By the end of the fiscal year 2017-18, it is expected that 6,200 dental treatments and surgeries will have been performed in hospitals. By the end of the fiscal year 2018-19, it is expected that 7,100 surgeries and treatments will be performed and will continue to be performed annually.

Of the cases waiting for dental surgery, 15% wait longer than 26 weeks:

  • Fraser Health: 14.8% of cases wait longer than 26 weeks
  • Interior Health: 10.9% of cases wait longer than 26 weeks
  • Island Health: 20.1% of cases wait longer than 26 weeks
  • Northern Health: 5.2% of cases wait longer than 26 weeks
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 9.1% of cases wait longer than 26 weeks
  • Provincial Health Services Authority: 14.2% of cases wait longer than 26 weeks

Dental treatments and surgeries are performed in 52 hospitals throughout the province, including:

  • Fourteen in Interior Health:
    • 100 Mile District General Hospital
    • Cariboo Memorial Hospital (Williams Lake)
    • Creston Valley Hospital
    • East Kootenay Regional Hospital (Cranbrook)
    • Elk Valley Hospital (Fernie)
    • Golden and District General Hospital
    • Kelowna General Hospital
    • Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (Trail)
    • Kootenay Lake Hospital (Nelson)
    • Lillooet Hospital and Health Centre
    • Royal Inland Hospital (Kamloops)
    • Shuswap Lake General Hospital (Salmon Arm)
    • Summerland Memorial Health Centre
    • Vernon Jubilee Hospital
  • Eleven in Fraser Health:
    • Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre
    • Burnaby Hospital
    • Chilliwack General Hospital
    • Delta Hospital
    • Eagle Ridge Hospital (Port Moody)
    • Langley Memorial Hospital
    • Jim Pattison Outpatient Centre (Surrey)
    • Peace Arch Hospital (White Rock)
    • Ridge Meadows Hospital (Maple Ridge)
    • Royal Columbian Hospital (New Westminster)
    • Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Eight in Vancouver Coastal Health
    • Lions Gate Hospital (North Vancouver)
    • Mount Saint Joseph Hospital (Vancouver)
    • Powell River General Hospital
    • Sechelt Hospital
    • Squamish General Hospital
    • St. Paul's Hospital
    • UBC Health Sciences Centre
    • Vancouver General Hospital
  • Eight in Island Health
    • North Island Hospital Campbell River & District
    • North Island Hospital Comox Valley
    • Cowichan District Hospital (Duncan)
    • Nanaimo Regional General, Hospital
    • Royal Jubilee Hospital (Victoria)
    • Saanich Peninsula Hospital (Saanichton)
    • Victoria General Hospital
    • West Coast General Hospital (Port Alberni)
  • Ten in Northern Heath:
    • Bulkley Valley District Hospital (Smithers)
    • Dawson Creek and District Hospital
    • Fort St John General Hospital
    • G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital (Quesnel)
    • Kitimat General Hospital
    • Mills Memorial Hospital (Terrace)
    • Prince Rupert Regional Hospital
    • St. John Hospital (Vanderhoof)
    • University Hospital of Northern British Columbia (Prince George)
    • Wrinch Memorial Hospital (Hazelton)
  • Two dedicated operating rooms at BC Children’s Hospital.