Navigating dental cases: Be prepared

December 13, 2018
Barden Greenfield, DVM, DAVDC

Dr. Greenfield is the owner of Your Pet Dentist of Memphis and Little Rock.

Veterinary expert says if you're studied up, nothing can surprise you.

As with most instances, when it comes to dentistry one thing is on your side: preparation. This is why when assessing troubling cases in your clinic, Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Barden Greenfield, DVM, DAVDC, says you should do your homework. To this end, he has several tips.

Work on a cadaver

You know those labs that Fetch offers? Right. Don't let your first procedure be on a live patient, Dr. Greenfield says.

Take radiographs

This is the exact type of preparation Dr. Greenfield has in mind.

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"If you know that it's going to be, let's say, a mandibular first molar extraction, you need to know how much cortical bone is left on the ventral cortex," he says.

Take your time

Part of being prepared is being allowing yourself enough time to complete the work.

"If you're diligent and methodical you'll find that the procedure will work better than if you're hurried," Dr. Greenfield says.

Use the right tools

Let this be your go, no-go. Dr. Greenfield points out that you need to have the correct instruments: Sharp and appropriate. If either of these isn't met, don't do the work.

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