Little Teeth, Big Problems: Intro to Pediatric Dentistry
Juvenile canine and feline patients commonly present with various manifestations of congenital, developmental or acquired dental conditions. This session will describe the various classes of malocclusions and discuss which malocclusions require intervention. We will also describe developmental abnormalities such as cleft palate and describe fundamental treatment approaches for clefts and why they are more difficult to repair than acquired oronasal fistulas. Juvenile patients are also prone to suffering maxillofacial trauma and the presence of juvenile dentition causes us to think creatively about repair various forms of repair. Fundamentally, participants will be able to recognize when deciduous teeth should be extracted and describe extraction techniques that will preserve the health and safety of the developing permanent tooth.
- Describe the different classes of malocclusions
- List various treatment strategies for malocclusions
- Describe the approach for safe extraction of retained deciduous teeth
- Provide an overview of the challenges associated with cleft palate and jaw fracture repair in juvenile patients