Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service - Information for Referring Veterinarians
The Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service performs oral examination, charting and recording; oral and maxillofacial diagnostic imaging; periodontal therapy and periodontal surgery; endodontics, restorative dentistry and prosthodontics; orthodontics; oral and maxillofacial oncologic surgery; facial reconstruction; non-invasive and invasive jaw fracture repair; use of laser for treatment of certain oral diseases; and special species dentistry and oral surgery.
We are available for consultations Monday through Friday during business hours. The phone number is (215) 573-6540. Jodi or Jeanette will assist you in transferring your call to one of our clinicians. If nobody is available to take your call, please leave your name, phone number and best time for us to call back, the patient’s name and diagnosis, and your questions. Messages are checked throughout the day, and every attempt is made to return calls within 24 hours.
We see new appointments and perform reexaminations Mondays and Wednesdays for cats and dogs (other patients should make appointments with the Special Species Medicine and Surgery Service). Please call (215) 898-4218 or have your client call (215) 898-4680 to schedule an appointment. If you feel that your patient needs an appointment sooner than the one offered, please call us at (215) 573-6540. Prior to the patient’s appointment, please fax any pertinent information about history, clinical signs, blood work results and other diagnostic tests such as cytology or histopathology reports to us at (215) 898-9937. Owners should bring any imaging that has been performed with them to the appointment.
The Emergency Service can be contacted 24 hours a day at (215) 746-8911 or (215) 898-4685. Patients admitted by the Emergency Service and transferred to our service are either operated on the same day or the following day. Certain emergencies affecting the teeth, mouth and face require immediate veterinary medical attention and include:
· Very recent tooth fractures (if there is interest in saving the tooth, animal should be put on antibiotics until referral)
· Tooth luxations and avulsions (true dental emergencies; put animal on antibiotics and place avulsed tooth in milk until referral)
· Mandibular and maxillary swellings associated with oral and maxillofacial tumors
· Swellings around the nose, mouth, jaws, face and neck associated with inflammation/infection
· Jaw fractures, temporomandibular joint luxations, symphysis separations, acute palate defects
· Acute inability to open or close the mouth
· Sharp or blunt head trauma injuries, including lip and tongue lacerations, oral bleeding, gunshot injuries
Clinical Personnel in Dentistry and Oral Surgery
· Dr. Alexander Reiter, Dip. Tzt., Dr. med. vet., Dipl. AVDC, EVDC, Associate Professor of Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Chief of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service
· Dr. John Lewis, VMD, FAVD, Dipl. AVDC, Assistant Professor of Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Director of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Residency Program
· Dr. Maria Soltero
· Dr. Michael Jennings
· Bonnie Miller, registered dental hygienist
· Jeanette Eliason, certified veterinary technician and registered dental hygienist
· Amy Kressler, certified veterinary technician and registered dental hygienist