To Extract or Not to Extract - That is the Question (1653)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Dentistry
Saturday |  9:00 AM -  9:50 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||HEMISFAIR 2



Maria Soltero-Rivera DVM, Dipl. AVDC
University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Maria Soltero-Rivera received her DVM from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. After that, she returned to her native Puerto Rico for a year-long small animal surgical internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Juan, followed by a small animal rotating internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Soltero-Rivera completed her residency in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania where she remained working as a lecturer for the following two years. She became board certified in Dentistry and Oral Surgery in 2014. More recently, Dr. Soltero-Rivera and her family moved to the Bay Area where she works in a private practice, VCA-San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, but she remains affiliated with her beloved PennVet as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Her clinical interests include diagnosis and treatment of oral tumors, chronic inflammatory oral disease, and oral and maxillofacial trauma repair. During the weekend, Dr. Soltero-Rivera enjoys going park-hopping with her almost 3 year old daughter and husband, taking her two Chihuahuas (Olivia and Pickles) out for a stroll on the beach, reading a book (occasionally able to do so) and dancing while doing chores.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 3


Most of our patients step into our practice with some degree of dental disease. These pathologies may or may not be causing obvious signs of oral discomfort however, in an otherwise healthy patient treatment of these areas prior to the development of clinical sings is ideal. An anesthetized dental examination should include dental probing of every tooth assessing their structural integrity as well their attachment apparatus, the peridontium. Additionally, full mouth intra oral dental radiography should be performed. The teeth should be scaled and polished in order to complete the evaluation as plaque and calculus can conceal certain pathologies. This presentation will discuss the main indications for tooth extraction and will go over the techniques of performing single rooted, canine and multiple rooted tooth extractions.

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss the main indications for tooth extraction

2. Go over the techniques of performing single rooted, canine and multiple rooted tooth extractions

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