An Atlas of Veterinary Dental Radiology
Edited by: Donald H. DeForge, VMD; Ben H. Colmery III, DVM

Guest Review by Alan B. Epstein, DVM Star
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Veterinary Dental Radiology

I have been practicing for thirty years and have had a strong interest in veterinary dentistry for the past eleven years. This review is from the perspective of the non-boarded clinician who needs a good source for reference.

The book comes with an impressive list of 29 contributors. There are four main divisions: Canine; Feline; Film Problems; and Zoo Animals, Rodents, and Rabbits. I was pleased to find the separation of canines and felines. Although many of the radiographic procedures and problems are the same, there are enough differences that this division is a good idea.

Subdivisions (of the four main topics listed above) include Normal Radiographic Anatomy, Pedodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontics, Oral Neoplasia, Oral Trauma, and Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions. The authors remain true to their mission; they do not present in-depth "how to" lectures, but, instead, review these subjects from the radiological perspective. The book is 294 pages, but is mostly radiographs with their accompanying descriptions (I like that). The radiographs are well labeled, so it is easy to understand the explanations. There are only a few where the inevitable loss of detail from film to book may leave the reader a little uncertain.

The section on zoo animals is interesting, but I only glanced through it since I do not see any such cases. (By the way, one of the co-authors of that section is the "Grandfather" [not father] of veterinary dentistry: Peter Emily, DDS.)

The rodent and lagomorph section is very useful, since there is such a dearth of radiological information on them.

One of the most refreshing aspects of the book is the purposeful inclusion of errors in the radiographs, usually from incorrect positioning. I've always felt a bit inadequate when I've had to retake x-rays that I thought should be routine. The authors include some of their errors and made it clear that these are somewhat inevitable, given the inexact nature of some of the views (e.g., using the bisecting angle technique on the upper fourth premolars of the cat).

Speaking of the bisecting angle technique, there is a not-too-detailed description of it in the beginning of the book. I asked Dr. DeForge why the lack of detail. He said that, in theory, one can perform it following the instructions, but without practice, there is no way anyone will achieve success with the bisecting angle technique no matter how much they've read on it, so there's no usefulness in a more detailed description.

There were a few minor errors in the book. On page 142, figure 10.8, there is a reference to tooth #206, which is called the "maxillary third premolar"; it is really the second premolar. On page 179, figure 14.4, the mandibular canines are listed as numbers 104 and 204; they should be 304 and 404. These are minor points because anyone used to the Modified Triadan System (described in this book) for numbering teeth will realize the errors immediately. I mention them here to, hopefully, avoid some confusion for those not familiar with this system. A few of the descriptions accompanying some radiographs are not as clear as they could be, but the main points still come across. There is apparently some question as to whether lagomorphs are diphyodonts (as listed in their chapter) or monophyodonts (as mentioned in the glossary), but I'll let the experts fight over that one.

The fact that my criticisms of the book are small speaks for the excellency of An Atlas of Veterinary Dental Radiology. This is a must-have book for anyone interested in veterinary dentistry.

Blackwell Publishing (2000).

294 pages, liberally illustrated.

ISBN: 0813829976.

Reviewed 2/12/2001.


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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
 
* Radiography Tech. 4th Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
* Small Animal Arthroscopy
 
*Handbook SA Radiol. Diagnosis
 
Atlas Interpret. Radiograph. Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
Atlas of Small Animal CT and MRI
 
Atlas of Small Animal Ultrasonography, 2nd Ed
 
Atlas SA Ultrasonography
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Endoscopy
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Thoracic Imaging
 
BSAVA Musculoskeletal Imaging
 
Clinical Radiology Exotic
 
Diagnostic Radiology and Ultrasonography
 
Diagnostic Ultrasound SA 2nd Ed.
 
Endoscopy Equine
 
Handbook Radio. Positioning (VSPN Review)
 
Practical Imaging Tech. 3rd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
Practical Ruminant US
 
Practical SA MRI
 
Purchasing Digital Radiography Without Getting Your Head Handed To You
 
Radiation Safety and Non-Manual Patient Restraint in Veterinary Radiography
 
Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology, 6th Ed (VSPN)
 
The Equine Distal Limb
 
Thoracic Radiology SA
 
* Abdominal Rad. Small Anim.
 
* Abdominal Rad. Small Anim. (CD-ROM)
 
You are here* Atlas Dental Radiology
 
* Atlas Radiol. Horse 2nd Ed.
 
* BSAVA SA Imaging CD
 
* Radiology Rodent Rabbit
 
* Techniques Vet. Radiography 5th Ed.
 
* Vet. Endoscopy SA
 
* Vet. Repro. Ultrasonography
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: February 12, 2001

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