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Extraction Complications and Methods for Prevention

While extractions are commonplace in veterinary practice, some give us more grief than others and make us regret our decision to even take on the case! The good news is this: Whether you treat these difficult cases or refer them out, the same techniques will likely be used to accomplish a safe extraction that heals predictably. In this session we'll talk about simple improvements for your dental operatory as we get creative with radiography, talking about surgical exposure and tooth-root elevation in ways that will surely boggle your mind. Disclaimer: If all these tips and tricks aren't useful on your next dental day, then I need new tricks!


  • Prepare a strategy to cost-effectively improve your dentistry surgical environment
  • List the fundamental principles of oronasal fistula and extraction-site closure
  • Describe troubleshooting techniques for complicated extractions


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Chris Snyder, DVM, DAVDC


Chris Snyder became a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2009 and is currently clinical associate professor and residency director of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the University of Wisconsin−Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. He has been recognized as a Founding Fellow, AVDC Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Snyder has authored journal articles and textbook chapters, and has lectured nationally and internationally. He prides himself on the dentistry and oral surgery education he provides to students at the University of Wisconsin and the residents he has successfully mentored in the specialty. Dr. Snyder’s academic and research interests include maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction, oral surgery, and creating innovative techniques in veterinary dental education.