If you decide to work in small animal practice after vet school, you will likely see a wide variety of dentistry setups during your interviews. Some practices may have state-of-the-art dental suites, while others may expect you to section multi-rooted teeth with a Dremel® on the treatment table. (I wish I was kidding!)
Although dental extractions are a relatively routine, everyday part of general practice, they are not without risk!
And, if you’re like most vet students, you probably didn’t get a lot of exposure to dentistry and extractions while you were in vet school.
If you talk to a group of veterinarians that has been in practice a while, you will likely hear a wide variety of opinions surrounding the use of antibiotics in veterinary dentistry. Some veterinarians rarely use systemic antibiotics, while some veterinarians use them in the majority of their dental procedures.
As our understanding of veterinary dentistry has gradually expanded over time, trends in antibiotic usage have undergone a number of shifts.
When should you prescribe systemic antibiotics?