Beware of these veterinary dental X-ray artifacts

December 19, 2016
Mary L. Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS (dentistry)

Mary L. Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS(Dentistry) is a Charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians and received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dentistry in June 2006. Mary is currently serving as the treasurer of the AVDT and the American Society of Veterinary Dentistry. She is the past president of the KVTA and a member at large of the NAVTA board. Mary worked in research for more than 22 years, specializing in products aimed at improving oral health of companion animals. She was the practice manager and dental technician specialist at Gentle Care Animal Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas, for more than seven years and is currently the president of Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education, a veterinary dental consulting service. She and her husband Doug live on a farm near Lawrence, Kansas, with a menagerie of animals.

The tooth-seeking adventure continues with Mary Berg and the deceptive dental radiograph discovery.

Indiana Jones has nothing on veterinary dental technician specialist Mary Berg in tracking down these two dental artifacts seen on radiographs: the chevron effect on the maxillary canines and the superimposition of the middle mental foramen on the root of a mandibular premolar. Make sure you're not fooled into digging in the wrong place-that is, doing major but unnecessary dental work.