Canine Surgical Extractions Lab I - This lab will focus on surgical tooth extraction techniques and instrumentation in the canine patient. Participants will learn and practice flap design, appropriate use and handling of instruments, use of high speed hand piece and burs to section teeth and perform bone removal, root elevation techniques, and closure of mucosal flaps. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 30 participants.

Canine Extractions Lab II - This hands-on laboratory will focus on the proper techniques and instrumentation of common dental extractions in dogs. An emphasis will be placed on operator and patient safety as well as methods to minimize complications. This lab is oriented towards the beginner but those with an intermediate level will also benefit. The lab will start off with a brief introduction and lecture and then move quickly into extractions. Focus will be placed on flap design and proper tissue handling. Extractions performed will include incisors, canine teeth, maxillary fourth premolars, and others as time permits. In summary, our goal is to teach fundamental oral surgery focused on the dental extraction of incisors, canines premolars and molar teeth. These will include flap design, instrumentation, technique, and closure. By the end of the lab, the participant will have more comfort and familiarity with these common surgical procedures. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 32 participants.

Comprehensive Periodontal Debridement Techniques &
Instrumentation for Treatment & Prevention of Periodontal Disease
- This lab covers comprehensive instrument selection, usage & care for treating periodontal disease. It includes use of ultrasonics & hand instruments (curettes/scalers); sharpening techniques; recognizing and charting oral pathology and polishing. Homecare, the mainstay of oral health, is included. This is a hands-on wet lab utilizing extracted teeth, skulls and cadavers and is designed for the veterinarian and technician team. Limited to 32 participants.

Digital Intraoral Photography - This lecture & lab will cover the essentials of digital intraoral photography. If you have a camera, bring your camera, connection cords, camera manual, mirrors, cheek retractors, and any other materials you have and use it in the lab. This is a chance for you to learn how to take and work with digital photographs in clinical veterinary dental practice. Limited to 20 participants.

FULL Endodontics and Prosthodontics for the Veterinary Technician (5 hour lab) - Endodontics is the branch of veterinary dentistry that involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the pulp and periradicular tissue. This 2 ½ hour laboratory will demonstrate the variety of methods used to diagnose endodontic disease as well as a variety of procedures that are utilized to treat endodontic disease. These procedures include: vital pulp therapy, conventional root canal therapy, and surgical root canal therapy (apicoectomy). This laboratory will focus on the veterinary dental technician’s role in preparing for and assisting in these procedures. Prosthodontics is that branch of dentistry that deals with the artificial replacement of natural teeth or associated structures. Prosthodontics in veterinary dentistry means crowns. There are many cases in veterinary dentistry where crown restoration is indicated. This 2 ½ hour laboratory will demonstrate the techniques involved with preparing teeth for crown restoration, impression taking for crown restoration as well as the procedure for crown cementation. Differences between the various crown choices (full jacket cast metal vs. porcelain) as well as 3/4 crowns will be demonstrated as well. This laboratory will focus on the veterinary dental technician’s role in preparing for and assisting in these procedures. Attending this 5-hour laboratory will provide the required 2 1/2 hours of training for both the VTS Dentistry Endodontic Laboratory and Prosthodontic Laboratory requirements. Limited to 18 participants.

Endodontics I: Endodontic Access - The primary purpose
of this laboratory session is to learn how to perform an appropriate access to root canals, for the purpose of performing root canal therapy on the affected teeth. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 40 participants.

Endodontics II Lab: Canal Cleaning, Shaping, & Obturation - This lab is a continuation of the Endo I Lab. It will provide the basics for endodontics including: hand instrumentation of canals, an overview of the instruments used, chemical and mechanical cleaning, and obturation using basic materials such as zinc oxide-eugenol and gutta percha points. We will also introduce and have available other obturation methods such as Successfil and Gutta Flow sealant and gutta percha master point. Endodontic instrumentation and obturation lectures in the Intermediate Lecture Series are strongly encouraged. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 24 participants.

Feline Extractions - Lecture will touch on common feline oral pathology and treatment, radiography for this pathology and the armamentarium necessary to provide surgical extraction of feline teeth. Details on how to perform appropriate surgical extractions and crown amputation of feline teeth will be provided. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 30 participants.

FULL Feline and Canine Extractions - The basic skills and knowledge for successful extraction techniques will be covered, including instrument selection and care. Demonstration and practice will include dog and cats extractions, with flap design and implementation, teeth sectioning and alveoloplasty for access, tooth segment elevation, extraction site prep and closure. Techniques for
managing complications such as fractured root tips will also be covered. (DVM’s ONLY) Limited to 32 participants.






Introduction to Jaw Fracture Repair - This laboratory will focus on the four basic interdental wiring techniques for fractures of the mandible. (Ivy loop, Stout, Essig, and Risdon). An introductory lecture will be given at the beginning of the laboratory. The focus of the lecture will be on non-invasive fracture repair techniques and achieving normal occlusion, a cornerstone of jaw fracture repair. To that point, pharyngostomy tube placement will also be discussed and demonstrated to facilitate appliance placement and maintain correct occlusion. Proper placement of wire and acrylic appliances on the mandible will be reviewed and practiced. Symphyseal wiring techniques will also be demonstrated and can be performed by the attendees. Standard equipment utilized for non-invasive jaw fracture repair will be discussed and will be available for use during the laboratory. Stabilization of caudal mandibular or TMJ fractures with maxillomandibular fixation will be demonstrated. Please note the majority of interdental wiring and acrylic placement will be performed on SawbonesTM mandibular models which attendees will be able to take home with them. A limited number of canine and feline cadaver heads will be available for demonstration and further practice. This laboratory would be ideal for those preparing for the AVDC examination or veterinarians with advanced dental training. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 40 participants.

Mandibular Fracture Repair Techniques - The lecture will cover techniques on how to repair symphyseal separation, unilateral mandibular body fracture, bilateral mandibular body fracture, coronoid fracture, condylar fracture, multiple fracture. The lecture and the lab to follow will concentrate on non invasive techniques that preserve tooth roots. The lecture will also emphasize the importance of maintaining occlusion. The laboratory will then give a chance to the participant to apply some of the techniques covered in the lab. Actual fractures will have to be repaired using intraoral splints, interdental wires and intraosseous wires when indicated. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 24 participants.

Oral Radiology for Technicians - This is a lecture and laboratory combination. The presentation includes description of equipment, indications for radiology, positioning and troubleshooting imperfect images. Conventional bisecting angle technique and other techniques are discussed in the lecture and explored in the presentation. Lab time is given to exposing images of all teeth in both canine and feline cadaver specimens. Special attention is given to techniques to examine imperfect images, evaluate what went wrong and ways to fix imperfect images. Limited to 24 participants.

Orthodontics II: Treatment of Linguoversion of the Mandibular Canine Teeth in the Cat and Dog – Veterinary orthodontics is not about creating a cosmetically perfect dentition, but about treating painful malocclusions to allow the animal to have a comfortable, functional bite. There will be a 50-minute lecture at the beginning of the lab to familiarize the attendee with the etiology and pathophysiology of this very painful condition.- A review of the anatomy and classes of occlusion of the dog and cat will be provided. The materials and techniques will be thoroughly discussed to allow the attendee to maximize the remaining 3+ hours of lab time. Each attendee will have a dog (or cat) cadaver head and all of the materials needed to fabricate an acrylic bite plate with an inclined plane appliance. The appliance is intended to be durable and properly secured to the teeth in order to prevent inadvertent removal by the patient. Each attendee will learn the proper techniques to maintain the patient while the appliance is in place and to safely remove the appliance. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 20 participants.

FULL Periodontal Treatment II: Advanced Periodontal Therapy - This program will focus on periodontal therapy beyond the level of prophylaxis. Participants will learn the proper treatment approach for moderate to advanced periodontal disease. This course will cover proper methods for closed root debridement, open root debridement, application of regenerative agents, apically repositioned flaps, and laterally repositioned flaps. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 30 participants.

Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry - This laboratory will cover oral anatomy, equipment, occlusal equilibration procedure, extraction of incisors, intraoral and extraoral cheek teeth extraction techniques. A lecture will precede the lab and give examples of the techniques to be covered later in the lab. (DVM’s ONLY) Limited to 24 participants.

Regional Nerve Blocks for Technicians - This is a hands on wetlab covering specifics of regional nerve blocks for the dog and cat. Information covered will include technique for all appropriate regional blocks used in the dental practice, equipment required, agents and dosing used, as well as practical uses for this procedure. Periodontal therapy techniques for the veterinary technician will also be covered. This will include hand instrumentation, probing and charting, closed root planing, perioceutic placement and gingival curettage. Periodontal disease processes and prevention will also be discussed. Limited to 24 participants.




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Restorations Lab: Equipment, Materials, and Clinical Applications - A one hour lecture presentation of recent updates, focusing on bonding agents and composite restorative materials and their application in veterinary dental practices. The lecture will be followed by a three hour hands-on laboratory where attendees will learn the proper indications for dentin bonding and composite restorations. Lesions will be created and restored and instructors will be available to offer their clinical insights as well as “tricks of the trade.” (DVM’s ONLY) Limited to 30 participants.

Restorative Lab: Crown Preparation - 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. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 30 participants.

Specialists in Training: Anesthesia - Refer to VDF website for complete information. (AVDC Trainees ONLY) Limited to 40 participants.

Surgical Endodontics - This laboratory will teach the techniques of surgical endodontics. Topics will include: indications (and contraindications), equipment needs, and techniques for all major teeth. The hands on portion will cover the surgical approach (incision), trephination (bone removal), apicoectomy, root end preparation and filling, closure, and follow-up. The techniques will include a step by step performance for the four major teeth (maxillary and mandibular canines, the maxillary fourth premolar and the mandibular molars. We will also discuss the various root end filling materials as well as their relative advantages and disadvantages. Finally, we will cover the recommended equipment, including ultrasonic reotips for maximum preservation of tooth structure. (DVM’s ONLY) Limited to 30 participants.

Veterinary Dental Radiographic Technique Simplified - 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 of the variables removed. Limited to 48 participants.

Vital Pulpotomy of Horse Incisors and Canines - This lab will allow participants to obtain hands on experience for the sterile preparation and application of vital pulpotomy in the horse incisors and canines. The lab will cover indications, instrumentation, medication,equipment and materials to complete a vital pulpotomy of a simple rooted tooth. (DVM’s ONLY) Limited to 12 participants.

Wildlife Dentistry - This lab will be hands on instruction in primate restorations, endodontics in large cats and beakistry. (DVM’s ONLY) Prerequisite lecture are Exotic Animal Dentistry and Large Cat Dentistry. Limited to 30 participants.