Routine full-mouth radiographs as a teaching tool in veterinary dentistry

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Purpose. The routine use of full-mouth radiographs in dogs and cats first presented for dental treatment was introduced to upgrade the standard of care and to maximize the teaching experience. This paper describes the technique's incorporation into the teaching program and the educational aspects of this practice. Method. Full-mouth radiographs were taken of all dogs and cats presented for the first time for dental treatment, by a senior veterinary student under supervision. The radiographs were oriented on the viewing box and evaluated once the diagnostic dental charting was completed. On completion of the dental treatment of each case, the radiological findings were recorded. An oral radiology module was introduced into the computerized medical record system, and was designed to guide the student through reading the radiographs in a systematic fashion. Radiographic surveys also formed the basis of post-procedure rounds. Results. Final-year students easily mastered the psychomotor skills required to position the patient, take dental radiographs, process the films, and orient dental radiographs for evaluation. The interpretation of dental radiographs was facilitated by the introduction of an oral radiology module in the computerized medical record system. Radiographic surveys formed the basis of post-procedure rounds during which not only the radiological findings but also the underlying pathophysiology and therapeutic decision making were discussed. Conclusion. The routine use of full-mouth radiographs in dogs and cats can play a central role in the clinical teaching of veterinary dentistry to final-year veterinary students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-31
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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