Complications happen. One well-known veterinary dentist likes to say “Extractions can be awfully simple or simply awful.” Sometimes a tooth needs to be extracted, all the right tools and equipment are available and used, and things still just don’t really go according to plan. Or sometimes the right tools and equipment are not available, or maybe the training is not what it needs to be to use them appropriately. The latter problem is easily remedied. The former, well, that’s why it’s called practice.

Complications during extraction can include:

  1. Leaving root tips behind
  2. Pushing root tips into the sinuses or mandibular canal
  3. Oronasal fistula
  4. Trauma to normal teeth near the extraction site
  5. Mandibular fracture, especially during extraction of the lower canines and 1st molars
  6. Orbital or cranial penetration with an elevator, usually during extraction of the upper 1st and 2nd molars
  7. Arterial laceration, especially in the periorbital tissues or mandibular canal
  8. Extraction site dehiscence

Most extraction complications can be prevented with training, experience, proper instrument handling and use proper, well-maintained equipment. During the lecture portion of this class, the veterinarian will learn how to minimize the risk of complications occurring during their procedure and how to avoid the most common pitfalls that lead to complications. During the hands-on laboratory portion of this class, the veterinarian will practice what is learned in the lecture, including multiple ways to retrieve fractured tooth roots, properly close an oronasal communication, and learn how to stabilize a mandibular symphyseal separation.

New Mexico state law requires that only veterinarians are allowed to perform oral surgery. Therefore, this class is limited to veterinarians only.

This class has been approved for 8 hours of CE Credit with the NM Board of Veterinary Medicine.

Our next scheduled class is: Postponed due to COVID-19

Cost: $750 + tax

Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: 5 Camino Karsten Algodones, NM 87001