Dental Radiology – A Core Skill for Practice. The How and the Why
Dental radiology is a core skill in SA veterinary practice. The visible part of the tooth (crown) is only around 30% of the total length. The root, comprising 70% of the total, is invisible to a gross examination. Most of the common dental conditions in practice, specifically periodontal or endodontic disease, require diagnostic radiographs to diagnose, prognose and establish a treatment plan. Periodontal disease is one of tooth attachment loss whereas endodontic disease is one of toxin leakage through the root apex. In addition, Feline Tooth Resorption lesions (Feline TR) require radiographs to differentiate those teeth that need conventional extraction from those that need crown amputation. Missing teeth are common and need to proven to be so radiographically. A tooth is not missing until the radiographs says so. Teeth not visible can be impacted or embedded in the jaw. In most cases these are painful and need surgical attention. This webinar is designed to show participants how and why dental radiographs are so important to the veterinarian performing routine dentistry in a practice setting. What lies beneath? You will soon find out!
Recording from 16.08.2017
Norman Johnston FRCVS RCVS
Norman Johnston is a graduate of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. He is clinical director of DentalVets - a referral only dental and oral surgical practice near Edinburgh in Scotland. Before embarking on a specialist career, he spent 21 years in general practice in Edinburgh. His qualifications are unique as he is a current diplomate of both the American and European Veterinary Dental Colleges, a fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and has been a registered RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry since 2002. He is a past president of both the European Veterinary Dental College, the British Veterinary Dental Association and a past board member of many veterinary dental organisations world-wide. He is also a past chairman and director of VET Trust, an educational veterinary charity based in Scotland. In 1997 he received the Simon Award from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016 for meritorious contributions to clinical practice.