What is a veterinary dentist and how do I find one?
Did you know that there are only about 160 Veterinary Dentists in the world? That’s because it is one of the newest veterinary specialties! Fortunately, it is a rapidly growing field and the number of veterinary dentists in the world will continue to increase. You can find a veterinary dentist by visiting www.avdc.org.
How does someone become a Veterinary Dentist?
A veterinary dentist is someone who completed an internship (or general practice equivalent) and then went on to do a residency in dentistry and oral surgery for 3 years at an approved location. Following a residency, one must pass rigorous written and practical examinations to become certified by the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC).
What are the typical procedures a veterinary dentist would offer?
Services can vary depending on the individual, but typically, a veterinary dentist would offer the services listed below.
• Dental radiographs and comprehensive oral examinations and cleanings
• Routine and advanced tooth extractions
• Jaw fracture repair
• Periodontics (treatment of deep pockets and periodontal tissue loss)
• Prosthodontics (crowns)
• Endodontics (root canal therapy/treatment of broken teeth)
• Orthodontics (treatment of malocclusions)
• Oral tumor removal
If you have a question about a particular procedure, please contact your local veterinary dentist.