About the Author
Dr. Niemiec is chief of staff of Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery, with 14 offices throughout the United States. He is a regular speaker on local, national, and international levels and was elected Clinical Instructor of the Year for the 2016 Western Veterinary Conference. He has authored many articles, chapters, and books and founded the veterinary dental telemedicine website vetdentalrad.com. Finally, he coordinates the San Diego Vet Dental Training Center, with 3 to 4 meetings per year covering basic and intermediate veterinary dentistry.
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DentistryPatients with periodontal disease are exposed to oral bacteria in the systemic bloodstream daily, creating a state of chronic disease. Periodontal disease is not merely a dental problem; it is an initiator of more severe local and systemic consequences.
Periodontal disease in dogs and cats can be treated via pathogen control, host modulation, guided tissue regeneration, or implants.
DentistryExposing diagnostic dental images can be frustrating and time consuming, but with a little practice, it can be mastered.
DentistryDental radiographs are a critical piece of information for the veterinarian for both diagnosing and treating oral disease.
DentistryThe significant adverse consequences of periodontal disease show why diagnosis is so important. It’s also a misunderstood disease.
ENAMEL HYPOCALCIFICATION/HYPOPLASIA1-4 Enamel is a very thin (< 1 mm) material on the surface of the tooth crown.
An ulcer is a break in the skin or mucous membrane, with loss of surface tissue, disintegration, and necrosis of epithelial tissue.
DentistryA 7-year-old cat is admitted for routine dental cleaning; however, it has significant calculus and gingivitis, several missing teeth, and a mobile tooth. Can you determine diagnosis and treatment?
DentistryA dog presents with facial swelling under its left eye and has a history of a premolar extraction. Based on the photo, radiograph, and details from the presentation and case workup, we ask you to tell us the diagnosis.
DentistryThis case series provides 3 pages of images, details, and questions, challenging you to diagnose and determine the therapeutic approach you would chose for the patient. For this issue, mandibular periodontal disease is obvious in the initial image, but there is much more to consider before reaching a conclusive diagnosis and treatment plan.
DentistryThe challenge is to determine the list of differentials, associated therapies, and further diagnostic measures based on an intra-oral image and radiograph of a missing tooth.
DentistryA picture is worth 1000 words, and the challenge is to determine what type of tooth fracture is shown in this article as well as the appropriate therapeutic action.
DentistryIn honor of National Pet Dental Health Month (February 2013), Dr. Niemiec discusses the top 8 myths that practitioners and pet owners may believe about pet dental disease.
Feline TR is a very common problem.
This is the fifth article in the Practical Dentistry series, which is focused on teaching veterinary professionals how to provide high-quality dental care as well as communicate with clients in order to help them understand why this care is so important for their pets.
DentistryPeriodontal disease is the number one health problem in small animal patients.
Several of the endodontic conditions discussed in this article may be well known to readers, but since veterinary dental education is quite variable, even these common conditions will be presented.
DentistryDental radiology is fast becoming the standard of care in veterinary dentistry because it is crucial for proper patient care.
This is the first article in our Practical Dentistry series, which will present various ways of increasing revenue through offering dental services in the general veterinary practice.
Tooth fractures are defined as complicated or uncomplicated:1 Uncomplicated crown fractures have direct dentin but no pulp exposure Complicated crown fractures have direct pulp (nerve) exposure.