All presentations and labs will be held at the Hilton Minneapolis and Minnapolis Conference Center.

Complete presentation schedule (updated 5/10/16)

THIS LAB IS FULL Feline Extraction Lab - Feline extractions are technically difficult. After a brief power point introduction, attendees will get right to work on cadavers for hands on learning with personal attention from a board certified veterinary dentist and his assistants.Limited to 30 participants. This lab will be presented twice by different presenters. Check program schedule for times.

Canine Radiography Lab "Positioning for Perfect Rads"- Veterinary dental radiography, in particular positioning is one of the most frustrating aspects of veterinary dentistry.  The bisecting angle technique can be demanding and difficult to perform consistently. Positioning the patient, the sensor and the tube head to create quality images can be challenging.  A simplified approach can consistently produce quality images with less confusion if a few principles are followed and some variables removed. Limited to 20 participants. (Techs and DVMs)This lab will be presented twice by different presenters. Check program schedule for times.

THIS LAB IS FULL “Fill” Me in on the Latest in Restorations - A 1 hour lecture, then hands-on laboratory covering the basic equipment & materials with step by step instructions for dentin bonding and composite restorations.  Indications, diagnostics, and contra-indications for restorations will be covered.  Following the lecture, participants will be given the opportunity to apply dentin bonding, prepare cavity preparations, fill preparations with composite materials and finish the restorations. Limited to 30 participants.

Regional Nerve Blocks - This lab will teach the attendee some very practical, safe and cost-effective ways of controlling pain during and long after oral surgery. You will learn to block strategic nerve points within the oral cavity. The use of opioids in conjunction with a local anesthetic will be discussed to extend the duration of the analgesia well into the next day(s). Many of the new multimodal pain management options will be thoroughly discussed. Limited to 30 participants. This is a two hour lab. It will be presented twice. Check program schedule for times.

THIS LAB IS FULL Comprehensive Periodontal Technique, Debridement & Instrumentation Used in the Treatment of Periodontal Disease - This lab will cover instrument selection, usage and care for the treatment of periodontal disease, inclusive of charting, identification of visual oral pathology, treatment planning, the use of ultrasonic and hand instrumentation, sharpening techniques, open and closed flap root planing and an overview of home care, the mainstay of oral health. This is a hands-on wet lab, utilizing extracted teeth, skulls and cadavers to recognize and treat pathology. An entry level for both veterinarians and technicians who are providing, or planning to expand dental services in their practice. A lecture will precede the hands-on portion.Limited to 30 participants.

Fundamentals of Canine Dental Extractions - This lab will teach participants how to surgically remove the most common teeth extracted in the canine patient: maxillary and mandibular canines and carnassials. The proper instruments used to create flaps that are tension free and more easily closed will be shown. Types of suture and needles will be discussed. The question of "how much bone can I remove" will be answered. After this lab each veterinarian will have new skills that they can use when they return to their practice. Limited to 30 participants. This is a four hour lab. It will be presented twice by different presenters. Check program schedule for times.

Feline Radiography Lab - This lab will cover the positioning and interpretation of intraoral digital dental radiographs of cats. A study from 1998, showed that teeth that appeared normal, had 41% significant findings upon radiographs and the abnormal teeth, had 53% additional findings. It is estimated that 70% of cats, over the age of 3 years, have some form of periodontal disease and that 30-50% of cats have tooth resorption. Therefore, without dental radiographs, we may be missing dental disease in over half of our feline patients. Limited to 20 participants. (Techs and DVMs) This is a two hour lab. It will be presented twice. Check program schedule for times.

THIS LAB IS FULL Interfragmentary Wiring Techniques for Challenging Mandibular Fracture Repairs- Situations arise where various fracture repair techniques are possible for the restoration of occlusion and quick return to function. Advantages and disadvantages exist for both intraoral techniques for stabilization as well as techniques of open reduction internal rigid fixation using a ventral surgical approach to the mandible. This advanced laboratory is designed to discuss the implementation and practice of interfragmentary wiring techniques for the repair of challenging 2-piece and 3-piece mandibular fractures. Limited to 30 participants.


Regional Nerve Blocks and Periodontal Therapies for Technicians - This is a hands on lab in which attendees will learn the technique for delivering an effective regional nerve block for the dental patient. Periodontal therapies and hand instrumentation will also be taught. Instrument sharpening techniques will be demonstrated as well. Limited to 30 participants.

Maxillary Fracture Fixation - This laboratory will focus on maxillofacial fracture repair using various techniques such as interdental wiring, maxillomandibular fixation, and interfragmentary wiring. An introductory lecture will be given at the beginning of the laboratory. The focus of the lecture will be mostly on maxillofacial trauma and achieving normal occlusion, a cornerstone of jaw fracture repair. Limited to 30 participants.

Surgical Endodontics - This laboratory will cover the techniques of surgical endodontics for canine patients. This will include canine and carsnassial teeth. Indications (and contraindications) approach, trephination, retroprep and retrofill. Limited to 30 participants.

Crown Preparations - Hands on laboratory covering crown preparation, impressions and stone models. Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes. Limited to 30 participants.

Dental Photography Lab - Attendees will learn how to obtain the best photography views of awake and anesthetized patients. The camera settings to optimize proper the color and overall appearance of the image will be taught. A manageable workflow will be covered: from start to finish: from obtaining the image to getting the image into documents and records. Design of custom templates for treatment plans, medical records and client release instructions will be included. Using your X-ray images alongside of your photo images in custom documents will be part of this lab. Limited to 20 participants.

Zoo/Captive Wild Animal Laboratory - This lab has been cancelled.

THIS LAB IS FULL How to Really Read that Radiograph - Evaluating what lurks below the gum line paves the course of what needs to be done to help our patients. This presentation will look deeply into intraoral radiology interpretation with focus on periodontal, endodontic, tooth resorption and neoplastic disease in clinical cases. Limited to 20 participants.

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THIS LAB IS FULL Dealing with Complications of Extractions (Root tip removal, Oronasal Fistulae, etc.) - Participants will have the opportunity to practice techniques for dealing with complications of surgical extractions in dogs and cats. 1. Demonstration and practice of techniques for efficient removal of fractured root tips. Participants will have the opportunity to use a wide variety of instrumentation including dental elevators, luxators, periosteal elevators, periotomes, luxating-type elevators with modified periotome tips. Instruments will be available that allow for atraumatic removal of root tips, including root tip elevators, root tip forceps and surgical-length burs. 2. Oronasal Fistula Repair. Closure of iatrogenic maxillary canine tooth oronasal fistulae will be discussed and practiced.
3. Iatrogenic rostral mandibular fracture repair. Discussion and practice of approaches toward iatrogenic rostral mandibular instability in cats. Limited to 20 participants.

Specialists in Training: Surgery - Maxillectomy Techniques in the Dog - This laboratory will provide participants with a step-by-step guideline on how to properly perform either a unilateral rostral maxillectomy or a central or segmental maxillectomy. Participants will be able to select which one of these maxillectomy procedures they would like to perform on a canine cadaver specimen by selecting the site and creating a simulated tumor on a cadaver specimen, measuring and marking the appropriate surgical margins, performing the maxillectomy procedure then closing the surgical site. (AVDC Trainees ONLY) If you sign up for this lab, you must attend the lecture on Friday as it is a prerequisite to this lab. Limited to 30 participants.

THIS LAB IS FULLThe Technician’s Role in Endodontic and Prosthodontic Procedures -Endodontics Learning Objectives: -Recognize clinical presentations of endodontic pathology. -Interpret diagnostic tests relevant to endodontic disease. -Understand the equipment needs and procedures for vital pulp therapy. -Understand the equipment needs and procedures for conventional root canal therapy. -Understand the equipment needs and procedures for surgical root canal therapy. Prosthodontics Learning Objectives: -Understand the principles of prosthodontics -Understand the equipment needs for tooth preparation -Understand the equipment needs and procedure for impression taking. Limited to 20 participants. (AVDT Mentees ONLY)