Dental dilemmas in companion animal practice

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About the course

Dental disease in small animal practice is very commonly encountered in small animal practice. Historically, treatment has involved extracting grossly mobile teeth and cleaning what remains; which may be considered a very out-dated approach. Contemporary dentistry skills require a thorough and complete oro-dental examination under general anaesthesia, including the use of the periodontal probe and dental radiography. This will allow an accurate diagnosis to be made which in turn allows for an appropriate treatment plan to be implemented.

This course will cover the commonly encountered conditions in small animal practice, using a case-based discussion format. Diseases will be described, and clinical and radiographic signs will be reinforced by use of real case material. Conditions to be covered include; periodontal disease, dentoalveolar trauma (tooth wear, tooth fractures etc), feline dental problems including resorption, bite abnormalities (malocclusions), and some weird and wonderful cases that are not so rare in practice.

Delegates are encouraged to bring along their own cases for discussion- ideally digital dental radiographs, and/or clinical images.

The five key things delegates will learn from this course are: 

  • An understanding of the importance of dental radiography and learn how to interpret dental radiographs
  • How to identify and manage commonly encountered malocclusions
  • An understanding of pathogenesis of periodontal disease and therefore make appropriate decisions regarding tooth extraction 
  • How to understand pulp response to trauma, and how endodontic disease is diagnosed and treated
  • How to manage tooth resorption in cats

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