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Clinical Small Animal Dentistry

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Sandra Manfra Marretta, Dr. Amy Somrak, Dr. Katherine Kling, Misty Croy

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Course Description

This course is an intensive study of modern dentistry techniques for dogs and cats. Each module stresses the importance of a thorough working knowledge of canine and feline dental and paradental anatomy in the recognition and treatment of dental problems in dogs and cats. Clinical applications of anatomic information are utilized to reinforce important concepts. Specific topics feature dental pathology, radiology, extractions, and periodontal disease.

This course is 100% online. All the videos and assessments are on-demand.

Mode of Teaching

This course is fully online using Compass 2g ( supported by Blackboard. The content will be presented as text, videos, and other media. The course covers the same amount of material that would be expected if the class were a traditional campus-based course. Due to the nature of online learning, students must be diligent about their learning,engaging often and actively.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Gain a thorough working knowledge of canine and feline dental and paradental anatomy.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of commonly occurring canine dental pathologic conditions.
  • Understand proper radiology techniques and their use in diagnosis of dental diseases in dogs and cats.
  • Explore perioperative pain management and state-of-the-art veterinary dental equipment forperforming extractions efficiently
  • Identify various stages of periodontal disease and the various treatment options.

Module Topics

  • Module 1: Canine and Feline Dental and Paradental Anatomy
    • Positional Dental Terminology
    • Dental Formulas
    • Anatomical Nomenclature
    • Gross Anatomy of the Tooth and Surrounding Bone
    • Imaging anatomy Interactive Tools
    • Gingival and Mucosal Anatomy
    • Anatomy of the Periodontium
  • Module 2: Extraction Techniques and Complications
    • Thorough Patient Assessment and Preoperative Planning
    • State-of-the-Art Veterinary Dental Equipment and Proper Use
    • Decision Making and Extraction Techniques in Dogs
    • Complications Associated with Extractions in the Canine
    • Decision Making and Extraction Techniques in Cats
    • Techniques for Performing Feline Extractions
    • Complications Associated with Extractions
  • Module 3: Veterinary Dental Radiography
    • Importance of High-Quality Dental Radiographs
    • Acquiring High-Quality Dental Radiographs in Dogs and Cats
    • Indications for Taking Dental Radiographs
    • Positioning for Optimal Dental Radiographs
    • Critiquing Dental Radiographs
    • Interpretation of Dental Radiographs in Dogs and Cats
  • Module 4: Canine Dental and Oral Pathology
    • Canine Head Shapes
    • Common Dental and Oral Lesions
    • Normal Occlusion - Supernumerary Teeth & Roots
    • Canine Periodontal Disease
    • Canine Endodontic Disease
    • Canine Dental Caries
    • Intro to Oral Tumors
    • Canine Benign Lesions
    • Canine Malignant Lesions
  • Module 5: Feline Dental and Oral Pathology
    • Variations in Number of Teeth & Roots & Dental Malformations
    • Feline Periodontal Disease
    • Tooth Resorption
    • Fractured Teeth in the Feline
    • Malocclusions
    • Mandibular Swelling
    • Alveolar Bone Expansion
    • Gingivostomatitis
    • Eosinophilic Granuloma
    • Lingual Lesions & Lip Avulsions
    • Feline Oral Neoplasia
    • Lingual Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Module 6: Periodontal Disease and Treatment Options
    • Common Clinical Presentations of Periodontal Disease
    • Uncommon Clinical Presentations of Periodontal Disease
    • Pathophysiology of Periodontal Disease
    • Stages of Periodontal Disease
    • Pathophysiology of Periodontal Disease (continued)
    • Consequences of Inappropriately Managed or Untreated Periodontal Disease
    • Importance of Proper Treatment of Periodontal Disease
    • Techniques for the Treatment of Periodontal Disease
  • Module 7: Oral and Dental Trauma
    • Jaw Fractures: Mandibular and Maxillary Injuries
    • Principles of Jaw Fracture Management
    • Categories of Jaw Fracture Management
    • Management of Complications
    • Temporomandibular Joint Injuries
    • Palatal Injuries
    • Soft Tissue Injuries
    • Dental Injuries, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options
    • Fractured and Non-Vital Teeth
    • Avulsed Teeth
  • Module 8: Recognition ana Management of Oral Tumors
    • History & Clinical Signs of Oral Tumors
    • Gross Characteristics of Oral Masses
    • Dental Radiography of Oral Masses
    • Microscopic Assessment of Benign and Malignant Oral Masses
    • Clinical Staging of Oral Masses
    • Principles of Oral Oncologic Survey
    • Benign Oral Tumors
    • Malignant Oral Tumors
    • Surgical Options for Malignant Oral Tumors
    • Surgical Treatment Principles for Mandibulectomy and Maxillectomy Technique
    • Mandibulectomy Techniques
    • Maxillectomy Techniques
    • Surgical Techniques for Excision of Upper Lip and Cheek Tumors and Reconstruction

Course Requirements

Required Textbooks

  • There is no required textbook

Technical Requirements

  • A reliable device.
  • High-speed internet connection: e.g. DSL or Cable.
  • Supported web browser: e.g. a recent version of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
  • Access Microsoft Office 365 (Net ID and password needed) & have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.
  • Minimum technical skills: At a minimum, students must possess the ability to navigate Blackboard.  This includes accessing course content, posting to a discussion board, and completing online assignments, quizzes, self-assessments, and exams.

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