All presentations and labs will be held at the Portola Hotel and Monterey Conference Center.
Complete presentation schedule (updated9/10/15)
Canine Extraction Lab - Do you find extractions challenging? Learn the different approaches and techniques and how to improve your present extraction techniques in dogs. In the presentation preceding the lab, the instrumentation needed to do good work and different approaches to removing all roots of the teeth will be covered. This lab will help you on the road to successful extractions in your practice. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 20 participants. This lab will be presented twice by different presenters. Check program schedule for times.
Canine Radiography Lab - Veterinary dental radiography, in particular positioning is one 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 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 20 participants. This lab will be presented twice by different presenters. Check program schedule for times.
THIS LAB IS FULL. CONTACT VDF MGMT TO BE PLACED ON WAIT LIST. Dealing with Complications of Extractions (Retained Tooth Roots, Oronasal Fistulae, etc.) - Participants will have the opportunity to practice techniques for dealing with complications of surgical extractions in dogs and cats.
“Don’t Be Dull” Instrument Sharpening & Equipment Maintenance - Knowledge and skill of the veterinary professional are instrumental to the successful outcome of any dental procedure. A third and often overlooked contributing factor to a successful procedure is the instrumentation and equipment used. Not only is the appropriate selection and correct use of dental instrumentation and equipment important, the care and maintenance they receive greatly impacts their effectiveness. Well maintained, sharp, dental hand instruments enable the veterinary professional to complete the procedure at hand more efficiently, with less trauma to the patient. Dental hand pieces (both high & low speed) and dental machines that are properly cared for will prevent unnecessary, premature equipment failure and potential patient contamination. This lab will address sharpening materials needed, maintenance of stones, differences between luxators & elevators, how to size luxators & elevators, differences between scalers & curettes, how to sharpen (luxators, elevators, scalers, curettes, root tip picks, periosteal elevators, bone curettes, etc.), as well as how to do minor repairs on damaged and/or misshapen instruments. Participants will have an opportunity to practice sharpening techniques using stones as well as RX Honing machines. Hand piece and dental machine maintenance will also be addressed in this lab, including turbine care and replacement, compressor care, filter replacement, cleaning of dental lines, etc. Limited to 30 participants. This is a two hour lab. It will be presented twice. Check program schedule for times.
THIS LAB IS FULL. CONTACT VDF MGMT TO BE PLACED ON WAIT LIST. Feline Extraction Lab - One hour of lecture prior to the lab to discuss indications for feline extractions and a step-by-step process of performing extraction of all teeth in the feline. The lecture will include common conditions that require extraction along with radiographs of the conditions to appropriately treat the condition. Attendees will get hands-on experience performing extractions in the feline mouth as well as some radiography to assist with diagnosis and treatment. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 20 participants. This lab will be presented twice by different presenters. Check program schedule for times.
Feline Radiography Lab - Our feline patients are unique in their anatomy, physiology and dental pathology. In order to properly diagnose oral disease, we need dental radiographs. The normal techniques used to radiograph dogs don’t always work for cats. In this lab, we will improve and refine your dental radiograph techniques as they pertain to the feline patient. We will discuss and practice various techniques including extra-oral TMJ radiographs. We will work to overcome the unique challenges when radiographing cats, such as zygoma overlap and cutting off the root apices of the third mandibular pre-molars. We will work to improve the quality and timing of our dental radiograph series. There will be a lecture discussing interpretation of dental radiographs following the lab time. Limited to 20 participants. This is a two hour lab. It will be presented twice. Check program schedule for times.
Fundamentals of Canine Dental Extractions - The aim of this hands-on laboratory will be to guide participants through the basics of canine surgical dental extractions. A focus will be on proper surgical planning, flap design and creation, instrumentation, elevation and closure. Extractions will include incisors, canine teeth, maxillary fourth premolars, mandibular molars and more as time allows. Participants will be allowed to work at their own pace. This is an entry level lab. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 20 participants.
THIS LAB IS FULL. CONTACT VDF MGMT TO BE PLACED ON WAIT LIST. 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. This is a two hour lab. It will be presented twice. Check program schedule for times.
Minimally Invasive Maxillary Fracture Repair Techniques - This lab is designed to help the participant deal with fractures of the maxilla, to decide whether or not to reduce the fracture, and to devise techniques that avoid the use of pins, plates and screws. The participant will be presented with actual fractures and will have to formulate a plan before correcting the damage. A list of equipment will also be supplied to help people new to this field. Please note that a lecture complementing this lab will be presented at the forum. Participants should attend the lecture in the Intermediate Session on Friday at 9:00am before attending this lab. (FULL/PART-TIME RESIDENTS ONLY) Limited to 20 participants.
Oral Surgery Lab: Rostral Maxillectomy and Mandibulectomy - Hands on laboratory focusing on indications for maxillectomies and mandibulectomies, including determining and obtaining surgical margins of tumors located in the rostral maxilla and mandible in the canine patient. Instrumentation, proper surgical technique, obtaining tension-free closure and avoidance of complications will be discussed as well. (FULL/PART-TIME RESIDENTS ONLY) Limited to 20 participants.
Orthodontics: Treatment of Linguoversion of Mandibular Canine Teeth – This lab will give the attendee the ability to diagnose and treat a very common malocclusion: Linguoversion of the mandibular canine teeth. The participant will have hands-on use and application of the most recently developed materials to effectively treat this common bite abnormality by direct fabrication of crown extensions and bite plate with an includes plane. A lecture at the beginning of the lab will teach attendees how to conduct a thorough bite evaluation, instruction on the classes of malocclusions and the pathology involved along with familiarizing attendees with the materials and orthodontic concepts. (FULL/PART-TIME RESIDENTS ONLY) Limited to 30 participants.
Periodontal Flap Surgery - This lab will initiate discussion of various indications (and contraindications) for periodontal flaps in veterinary patients. The necessary armatarium for periodontal surgery will be presented. The bulk of this lecture will be dedicated to proper techniques and tissue handling for creating periodontal flaps (both full and envelope). We will demonstrate special flaps for certain situations such as semilunar flap for increasing attached gingiva, lateral sliding flap for cleft defects, and apical repositioning flaps for crown lengthening and pocket reductions. Following the introductory lecture, attendees will perform a full and envelope flap for various teeth which are commonly treated. Finally, attendees will learn and practice proper flaps for increasing attached gingiva (semi-lunar and lateral sliding flaps) as well as to decreate pocket depth (apical repositioning flap). Participants should attend the lecture in the Intermediate Session on Friday at 8:00am before attending this lab. (FULL/PART-TIME RESIDENTS ONLY) Limited to 20 participants.
Periodontology for the Technician - This wet lab will cover the basics of providing periodontal therapy for the veterinary technician, this lab will utilize dental delivery units and hand instrumentation as well as perioceuticals to provide therapeutic dental treatment experience. Limited to 30 participants. This is a two hour lab. It will be presented twice. Check program schedule for times.
Professional Dental Charting for the Technician - This wet lab will cover the basics of oral anatomy, charting the periodontal tissues and tooth structures utilizing the AVDC abbreviations to document all findings to create a complete dental chart for both canine and feline specimens. Limited to 30 attendees. This is a two hour lab. It will be presented twice. Check program schedule for times.
THIS LAB IS FULL. CONTACT VDF MGMT TO BE PLACED ON WAIT LISTRegional Nerve Blocks for Dental Patients - In this quick two-hour lab, we will discuss the benefits of performing regional nerve blocks, the types of agents available, their actions, dosages, combinations, as well as possible complications and how to avoid them. We will go over the various techniques, equipment and practice the maxillary, infraorbital, mandibular, middle mental and palatal nerve blocks on dog and cat cadavers. Limited to 20 participants. This is a two hour lab. It will be presented twice. Check program schedule for times.
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. (FULL/PART-TIME RESIDENTS ONLY) Limited to 20 participants.
THIS LAB IS FULL. CONTACT VDF MGMT TO BE PLACED ON WAIT LIST. Specialists in Training: Radiology - Refer to SIT web page for complete information. (AVDC Trainees ONLY) Limited to 30 participants.
NEW! The Technician’s Role in Endodontic and Prosthodontic Procedures - (AVDT Mentees ONLY) Limited to 20 participants.
Zoo/Captive Wild Animal Dentistry - This lab will cover a variety of subjects in zoo/captive wild animal dentistry. For the first time, we will be including intraoral radiology using the skulls for captive wildlife most often encountered in exotic animal dentistry - lions, leopards, sea lions, bears, etc. Endodontics will be covered using plastic models to simulate filing and obturating lion and tiger canine teeth. Extracted and sterilized human teeth will be used to perform endodontics and cavity preparation using tofflemire matrix band restorations. The treatment of fractured abnormal teeth using mini-pins wire and Protemp Garant (R) will also be covered. (DVMs ONLY) Limited to 20 participants.