Dental extractions: Easy cues help with critical long-term medical decisions
Dental extractions are among the more common veterinary dental procedures. With that said, there are key considerations every veterinarian must consider before an extraction is performed. This article explores the options.
1. Think of the pet first and discuss options with your client.
Client communication is essential in obtaining informed consent and minimizes the risk of misunderstandings. Always provide treatment options, cost estimates and potential risks before proceeding into dental procedures. Clients appreciate options and involvement in deciding how to proceed in their pets' care. They appreciate your caring attitude in referral to a specialist to save, rather than extract teeth. Strategic teeth, such as the canines and the carnassials (upper-fourth premolar and lower molars) are especially important for function and should be saved if possible. To find a veterinary dental specialist for consultation or referral, go to http://www.AVDC.org/.
2. Operators performing dental extractions need both "drills" and appropriate skills.
If the diagnosis and your client's desires warrant dental extraction, it becomes simple to determine if you should extract that tooth. Do you have the interest, skill, equipment and proper instrumentation? For those that have all the requirements, enjoy the benefits of oral surgery and the client appreciation that results from these procedures. If there is no interest, delegation to an associate or referral are logical options. Numerous opportunities exist for continuing education. At most major meetings, the required training, equipment and instruments are available. Do you have the "DRILLS"? Yes, it's another easy-to-remember acronym.