The use of implants has, little by little, been imposed
on the world of dentistry. Some years ago,
it was strongly suggested that the practitioners
asked implant patients to sign a consent form to
release the dentist from all responsibility in case of
failure. Then, one day a patient in France sued his
dentist for having prepared his teeth for a fixed
partial denture without suggesting the implant alternative.
The patient won the case. Soon it might
be necessary to ask patients to sign a form indicating
that they have refused implant treatment.
This book is written for the general practitioner
in small animal practice. The aim is to supply all
the information required to be able to practice
good dentistry. There is a real opportunity, if not
an absolute need, to improve the practice of
dentistry and oral surgery in general practice.
While the discipline is taught in most veterinary
schools, the time restrictions of the basic
veterinary curriculum generally do not allow
adequate coverage. This book presents
comprehensive and detailed knowledge of how
to prevent, diagnose and treat common dental
diseases in the dog and cat.
Dental problems such as caries, erosion, epulis, periodontal infection, loose teeth, and ill-fitting crowns, bridges, and dentures (prostheses) may have special significance during pregnancy (5;8;9;19;2325).
Tooth decay is the result of repeated acid attacks on the tooth enamel. Any increase in tooth decay during pregnancy may be due to changes in diet and oral hygiene. Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy can cause extensive erosion. Pregnancy gingivitis is present in over 30 percent of pregnant women. At the time of labor and delivery, dislodged teeth or prostheses could cause complications....