Practical Dentistry

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 …

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 …

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Feline & Canine Oral Ulcerative Disease

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties, San Diego, California Dr. Niemiec reviews several of the most common ulcerative diseases in dogs and cats, including etiology, presentation, diagnosis, and treatment/management. An ulcer is a break in the skin or mucous membrane, with loss of surface tissue, disintegration, and necrosis of …

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 …

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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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Feline Tooth Resorption

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC This is the seventh 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.The first six articles in the series …

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Introduction to Oral Neoplasia in the Dog & Cat

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC The oral cavity is a very common place to encounter neoplastic growths, which may range from benign to malignant.1-3 The key to successful therapy of oral masses is early detection and definitive diagnosis. The best therapy for oral masses is complete surgical resection.1,4-5 If surgery is performed early, the procedure …

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