Veterinary Dentistry: A Team
Approach, Second Edition
Veterinary Dentistry: A Team Ap-
proach, Second Edition was written by
Steven E. Holmstrom, DVM, a Dip-
lomate of the American Veterinary
Dental College. This second edition was
also to enhance business
opportunities as well.
released by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, in 2013. Dr.
Holmstrom and his contributors have collaborated to create a reference for the entire veterinary hospital
team to utilize not only for proper veterinary medicine and client education, but
This second edition provides
information and tools for the team to
participate in veterinary dentistry. The
text is designed for the team to learn
and understand the methodology of
the veterinary dentist by opening each
chapter with the key terms, an outline of
the chapter contents, and learning objectives for that chapter. By structuring
each chapter this way, the reader is able
to hone in on the essential concepts put
forth while learning the broad picture.
Each chapter is concluded with a Chapter Worksheet to review the material
and self-test the reader’s knowledge of it.
Answers to the Worksheets are supplied
at the conclusion of the text.
The chapters are well-organized and
written to capture the reader’s attention using highlighted sections noting
key points, multicolored coding within
sections for organization, excellent glossy
photos, and high resolution radiographs.
Charts, tables of data, and clearly
depicted line drawings also complement
the chapters. The dental terminology is
approved by the American Veterinary
Dental College (AVDC) with abbreviations and definitions explained in the
Appendices A and B. Unique chapters
discuss dental equipment, periodontal
disease, dental radiology, and feline
dentistry. Rodent, lagomorph, and ferret
dentistry has its own dedicated chapter.
Chapter 12: Exodontics (
Extractions) reviews the techniques for removing teeth from the patient using elevation
tools and root splitting for both single
and multi-root teeth. There are excellent photos explaining proper elevation
procedure. Many state laws and the
AVDC limit extractions to the veterinarian as the extraction process is considered
a surgical procedure. The “flap surgery” is
discussed briefly without any diagrams or
photos to aid the veterinarian and staff.
In general practice the flap procedure is
often utilized for multi-rooted or non-mo-bile canine teeth so additional reference
material would be beneficial.
Veterinary Dentistry: A Team Approach, Second Edition provides the reader with a balanced sense of veterinary
dentistry in small animals. The organization of the text and self-assessment of
each chapter helps underscore important
concepts that the veterinary staff may
be reviewing or unfamiliar with. High
resolution photos, clear diagrams, and
quality radiographs also complement
the clarity of the text. Proper terminology approved by the AVDC may be
new to the seasoned veterinarian and is
useful when communicating to dental
specialists as well as with the staff. The
veterinarian may require a more advanced dentistry and surgical procedures
text; however, overall this book is an
excellent reference to engage the entire
Sandra L. Jex is a veterinarian and