William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Clinic Rotation

Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery Clinic Rotation

Course goals

After having completed the clinical rotation in dentistry and oral surgery the student should:

1.   be able to take an accurate history of a patient presenting for dental treatment

2.   be able to perform a general physical and oral examination and establish a problem list

3.   be able to recognize systemic manifestations of oral disease and oral manifestations of systemic diseases

4.   be able to establish a dental therapeutic plan, prioritize multiple dental procedures, and recognize dental emergencies and indications for referral

5.   be able to use the correct terminology pertaining to anatomy, pathology and therapeutic procedures

6.   be able to perform an orthodontic evaluation, recognize common orthodontic problems, understand treatment ethics and understand the principles of interceptive orthodontics

7.   be able to take and develop oral radiographs (intraoral and extraoral; paralleling and bisecting angle techniques)

8.   be able to recognize the radiological signs associated with common dental conditions

9.   be able to perform routine periodontal treatment including diagnostic charting, power and manual scaling, root planing and polishing in the dog and cat

10. be able to recognize and use the most common periodontal instruments, and understand their maintenance

11. understand the periodontal treatment options available beyond routine care

12. understand the role of dental home care and be able to develop recommendations for plaque control

13. understand the indications for extraction of teeth and be able to perform simple and surgical extractions of morphologically normal canine and feline teeth

14. have gained exposure to the rationale and methodology of an uncomplicated total pulpectomy and partial coronal pulpectomy (pulpotomy)

15. have gained exposure to pharyngotomy endotracheal intubation and repair of separation of the mandibular symphysis and single fractures of the mandibular body, using cerclage wiring (symphysis), intraosseous wiring, intraoral splinting and external fixation

16. understand the biologic behavior of common oral tumors and the treatment options available, and be able to apply the principles of clinical staging and biopsy techniques to oral tumors

17. understand the rational use of antibiotics in patients presented with dental and/or systemic disease

18. understand the occupational hazards in dentistry and a rational approach to the workplace

Organizational aspects

The course is open to fourth year veterinary students. On average three students are accommodated during a two-week period. Both the small animal dentistry lecture course and the small animal dentistry laboratory course are prerequisites. Students are graded as "Outstanding / Satisfactory / Marginal / Unsatisfactory / Incomplete" based on the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital policy. There are openings for non-UC Davis students from A.V.M.A. accredited colleges or foreign veterinary schools from time to time. The case-load predominantly consists of dogs (60%) and cats (40%) but large animals, pet rodents and rabbits, and zoo animals are occasionally seen.