The Importance of Dental Training

Jul 24, 2012


By the age of three, it is estimated that 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease. This disease can be very painful and lead to more serious histologic problems, yet it goes largely undiagnosed.

The Midmark Dental Suite at the University of Wisconsin

Being able to properly diagnose, treat, and follow up with patients that are suffering from periodontal disease could not only elevate the level of care you give to current patients, but it can be a significant growth area for new clients as well. However, starting to focus on dentistry isn’t as simple as buying a  VetPro 1000 and starting to drill. It takes training and education to feel comfortable doing dental procedures, but also for understanding the business side of dentistry too.

There are a lot of uphill battles that clinics today face in veterinary dentistry, including client education. The number one fear for pet owners looking at dental procedures is not cost, but rather the use of anesthesia on their pets. As the veterinarian, owner, or practice manager, it is your responsibility to understand and reduce these risks. Maintaining your  anesthesia machines and being properly trained  on how to use them can not only increase patient safety but makes your clients feel more comfortable with dentistry as well.

To a lot of veterinarians and technicians, dentistry is a new procedure and requires some new equipment and techniques. That’s why training is so important. 

Midmark prides itself on promoting better medicine through education. We are committed to offering you and your staff the training you need to become proficient and excel with our dental equipment. That’s why we offer online  training and webinars, and sponsor wet labs throughout the US. Our dental specialists can even come into your clinic giving you and your staff a chance to fully understand the products.

Much of the pathology can lie below the gum line, making radiography a must to properly diagnose periodontal disease.

Wet labs can be one of the most critical pieces of training for new users.  During wet labs, you receive hands on training in oral surgery, dental radiography positioning and work as you would in your clinic. Over 50% of a pet’s tooth sits below the gum line, making dental radiography vital to diagnosing periodontal disease. With hands on training, you’ll be trained on interpreting x-rays and treating diseases using top of the line  dental imaging equipment.

Danielle, a Midmark Clinical Specialist, teaching technique at a wet lab

Why choose Midmark?  With a nationwide service network, superior customer service, technical support and a training and education network designed to fit your needs, we are here for you.

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