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Dentistry in Rabbits and Rodents

Dentistry in Rabbits and Rodents

Estella Böhmer

ISBN: 978-1-118-80258-8

Feb 2015, Wiley-Blackwell

296 pages



Dentistry in Rabbits and Rodents is a practical guide aimed at helping clinicians successfully diagnose and treat dental problems in rabbits and rodents within their own surgeries. With over two-thirds of small mammals presenting with tooth related problems, there is great potential to enhance the treatment offered to the owners of these species. Focusing on innovative diagnostics using normal radiographic machines as well as specific positioning techniques, radiographs are presented with reference lines and detailed annotations. Richly illustrated with high quality photographs, pathological findings are described before selection of appropriate therapy and treatment is discussed.

Key features include:

  • Covers the dental anatomy and physiology of all small mammal species commonly kept as pets.
  • Intraoral radiography and innovative positioning for imaging the guinea pig and chinchilla dentitions are described, enabling the practitioner to visualize each tooth in detail.
  • Once a diagnosis has been reached, selection of different treatments and the advantages and disadvantages of each surgical technique are discussed.
  • Offers helpful directives for approaching and treating dental disease without the need for referral to a specialist or the use of expensive equipment.

Foreword, vi

Preface, viii

1 Dental Treatment of Small Mammals – Development and Aims, 1

2 Basics of Odontology, 5

3 Classification and Anatomical Characteristics of the Lagomorphs and Rodents, 21

4 Clinical Examination, 35

5 Radiographic Examination, 49

6 Computed Tomography, 88

7 Anesthesia and Analgesia, 90

8 Instruments for Examination and Treatment, 107

9 Diseases of the Incisors, 118

10 Changes of the Cheek Teeth, 153

11 Abscesses, 213

12 Periodontal Diseases and Caries, 242

13 Other Changes of the Jaw, 254

14 Follow-up and Prognosis, 260

15 Appendix, 267

References, 270

Further Reading, 276

Index, 280

“In conclusion, Dentistry of Rabbits and Rodents provides a clear, thorough and complete overview of the various aspects of rabbit and rodent dentistry.”  (European Journal of Companion Animal Practice, 1 October 2015)

"The core chapters detailing basic anatomy and pathogenesis of dental disease and the treatment of incisor and cheek teeth diseases are of a high standard and contain a great deal of practical and theoretical information. I highly recommend this text for any practitioner wishing to further their knowledge of dentistry of rabbits and rodents." (Australian Veterinary Journal, 3 March 2016)