Small Animal owners

What is a veterinary dental specialist?

The title of European Veterinary Specialist™ in dentistry signifies the veterinarian has passed an extensive examination, reviewed by a Specialty Board, the European Veterinary Dental College (EVDC) Board.  
The EVDC is the clinical specialist organization for veterinary dentists, recognized by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS). 
The examination is taken after completing a residency in dentistry and oral surgery and fulfilling all necessary credentials. To be eligible for an EVDC residency training program the veterinarian has to have completed veterinary school and a minimum of a one-year internshipAfter all these steps, and successfully passing the examination, the applicant becomes a member of the EVDC and may use the specialist title recognized by the EBVS.  
Diplomate of the European Veterinary Dental College (EVDC) and European veterinary dentist are another ways to name an European Veterinary Specialist™ in dentistry.  

Why would you see an EVDC specialist?

Veterinary dentists have the specific skills and knowledge needed for the oral pathology diagnosis and treatment.  
Patients in need for a specific diagnosis and/or treatment in their mouths, and face, may be referred by their primary care veterinarian to an European Veterinary Specialist™ in dentistry. The veterinary dentist will work the case in collaboration with the animal’s primary care veterinarian then. The patient will benefit from this synergic collaboration and care. 
European Veterinary Specialist™ in dentistry are ready to help your pet or patient in his/her dental and oral needs. 

Why are intra-oral radiographs, and other complementary advanced imaging techniques, so important?

Intra oral dental radiographs, CT, cone-beam CT and MRI are imaging techniques needed for the diagnosis in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery. They also help during the treatment process of the patient.
There is an important part of the oral and facial structures that cannot be explored without these imaging techniques. For this reason, they are a very important piece in the European Veterinary Specialist™ in dentistry practice.

What makes intra-oral radiographs so useful?

Intra-oral radiographs are made using special dental radiographic films or sensors.
The film, or sensor, is placed inside the patient’s mouth; a specialist X-ray machine, allowing for specific positioning, generates the X-ray exposing the film/sensor.
Intra-oral radiographs provide superior quality images for examination of individual teeth or sections of the jaws compared with conventional veterinary radiographs.

Does my animal need anesthesia for the dental, or oral/maxillofacial, diagnostic and treatment?

Veterinary patients do not cooperate when a radiographic film or sensor is placed in the mouth. For the patient’s safety, and good image quality, taking dental radiographs requires that the patient is placed under general anaesthesia.
All dental treatments, and oral/maxillofacial surgery, in small animals must be performed under general anesthesia. This is due to the examination and treatment processes potentially being uncomfortable and to allow complete exploration of the oral cavity. Commonly, diagnostic radiographs and treatment are performed under the same anesthesia.