Dental Radiography: Sharon French, DVM. 11/Oct/2017 @ 06.00 PM

FrenchDr. Sharon French graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1985 and remained in private small animal practice until 1991 when she was given the opportunity to participate in an alternate pathway residency under James Anthony, at the time the only board certified veterinary dentist in Canada. During this time, Dr. French traveled between the OVC in Guelph, where she taught, and private practice in Whitby.

Dr. French achieved a Fellowship in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in 1996 following a credentialing and examination process.
Dr. French is also pleased to be the veterinary dental consultant for the Metro Toronto Zoo. Working in the same facility with internists, surgeons and an anesthesiologist broadens the scope of procedures and allows for the treatment of multiple system disease that often accompanies serious dental conditions. Dr. French joined the Veterinary Emergency Clinic (VEC) in 2001 where she maintains a practice in veterinary dentistry. She accepts patients 4 days/week by referral.

A brief review of the principles of radiography will be discussed.

The necessity of taking dental radiographs even during the most routine COHAT will be reinforced.  Dental radiography is divided into three main categories: traditional hard film dental radiography direct digital and computed digital radiography.  The pros and cons of each system will be reviewed.  Various suppliers of dental radiographic equipment in Canada will be discussed. It is also possible to take dental radiographs using traditional dental film and large x-ray machines. While cumbersome, it is better than no imaging.

There is an often frustrating learning curve to become proficient in taking good quality dental radiographs. There are several tricks and techniques that can help master the bisecting angle technique especially in brachycephalics and cats will be presented from the standard Q tips to paper towel roll. The SLOB rule will be explained.

Temporo-mandibular joint radiographs have a significant place in dental practice. Proficiency in isolating these joints without significant distortion is a wonderful skill to acquire.  TMJ issues are often overlooked especially in older felines. The ability to have good quality radiographs to identify sometimes subtle changes is invaluable.

Dental radiograph interpretation will be discussed with examples from all major disease categories.


This event is not sponsored so session and dinner cost for QDVA members is $45 and for non-member DVMs & staff is $65 per person.

Attendance is limited to about 70 people. Please register by 5 p.m., Friday, October 6th. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend.

The session will be held as usual at the Belleville Club, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 5:30. p.m.

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