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Dentistry

Pet Health by the Numbers
Prevalence of Oral Disease

In each issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice, Pet Health by the Numbers correlates an article topic with statistics provided by Banfield Pet Hospital (banfield.com). These statistics are extracted from data collected from the medical records of nearly 2.4 million dogs and more than 480,000 cats presented to more than 890 Banfield Pet Hospitals in 2014. …

Practical Dentistry
Updated Options for Periodontal Therapy

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC & EVDC Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery, San Diego, California Periodontal disease is the number one diagnosed problem in small animal veterinary medicine.1,2 Therefore, treatment and prevention of this malady are the subject of significant research, which has resulted in numerous new products and procedures—in …

Practical Dentistry: Dental Radiology Series Techniques for Intraoral Radiology

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC & EVDC Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties, San Diego, California Exposing diagnostic dental images can be frustrating for the novice; however, with a small amount of training and practice, it can be mastered. This article is a brief introduction to exposure techniques for intraoral radiology. Further training via …

Dental Radiography Series
The Importance Of Dental Radiography

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties, San Diego, California The knowledge gained from dental radiographs not only improves patient care, it increases client compliance with treatment recommendations. Most important, the information gained via these radiographs speeds dental procedures and decreases complications. This article is the first in a 3-part …

Practical Dentistry
Proper Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC, Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery, San Diego, California Periodontal disease is the number one problem in small animal medicine.1,2 In fact, the classic university study reported that, by 2 years of age, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease.3 …

Practical Dentistry
Disorders of Dental Hard Tissues in Dogs

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC, Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties, San Diego, California Many types of hard tissue pathology affect small animal veterinary patients. Many of these are caused by a form of trauma, but acidic degradation, infection, and genetics also play a role. ENAMEL HYPOCALCIFICATION/HYPOPLASIA1-4 Enamel is a very thin (< 1 …

Dental Diagnosis: Cat with Calculus, Gingivitis, & Missing Teeth

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC A 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?   A 7-year-old, neutered male cat presented for a routine dental cleaning. Significant calculus and gingivitis were present throughout …

Dental Diagnosis: Recurrent Facial Swelling

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC A 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. QUESTIONS Figure 1 shows a dog with facial swelling …

Dental Diagnosis
Periodontal Disease of the Mandible

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC This 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 …

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