Put a face to the name and get to know a little more about our team of veterinary dental specialists at Veterinary Dental Center. Learn more about Board-Certified Veterinary Dentists and dental nurses/assistants.
What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Dentist?
Specialty training in dentistry requires the completion of 3-6 years of training in an area of specialization beyond a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM). A Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) is a veterinarian who has been certified by the AVDC as having demonstrated specialist knowledge and expertise in veterinary dentistry, oral surgery, anesthesia, and radiology/imaging as a result of completing the AVDC training requirements and having successfully passed the AVDC examination.
What does the Veterinary Dental Specialist do?
A veterinary dentist will use the most current techniques and dental materials to:
- Provide safe anesthesia with an emphasis on pain management
- Provide individualized anesthetic protocols for higher risk patients with conditions such as kidney, heart or liver disease and diabetes
- Perform dental imaging with Digital x-rays and evaluate CT studies
- Diagnose and treat routine to advanced periodontal disease
- Provide periodontal therapy (gum surgery, bone grafting…)
- Perform surgical extractions, oral surgery, and biopsies
- Correct orthodontic abnormalities
- Perform root canal therapy
- Perform crown therapy and restorative therapy
- Diagnose and treat oral tumors/masses
- Repair jaw fractures and treat maxillofacial trauma
Can you tell me about your dental nurses/assistants?
The nurses or dental assistants that support a veterinary dentist have received comprehensive training on the pet-friendly handling techniques, common oral conditions, anesthesia (including advanced patient monitoring/support), dental x-ray and pain management.
For more information, please visit the American Veterinary Dental College.