Pet Dental Center, FL

Description of Elective Experience: 

Dentistry and Oral Surgery

Institutional and Educational Resources - staffing, equipment, etc.: 

Senior Staff: DVM/DAVDC; DVM/Residency trained awaiting to sit for boards; DVM/DACVAA; VTS (Dentistry)

Equipment: Nomad and Progeny dental radiography; CBCT; Piezotome; Skeletal X-ray system; Beaverstate Dental delivery units

Student Responsibilities - what is expected of students in terms of hours, days of the week, shadowing or actual support?: 


  • Monday-Friday  
    • Monday/Tuesday/Thursday are SX days
      • You should arrive at 7:45 on SX days to participate in rounds 
    • Wednesdays are appointment only days
      • You should arrive at 8 on these days
    • Fridays are not a “set” day and attendance varies based on Dr. Gingerich’s schedule. These days are wet lab days that you will work on cadavers if the schedule allows. 
      • Arrival times may vary based on Dr. Gingerich’s schedule but are usually between 8 – 9:30
  • The time you will finish each day will vary based on how involved the surgeries are and caseload

Dress Code and Food

  • Scrubs
    • Solid colored scrubs only please, no patterns
  • Bring snacks, lunch, drinks, etc.…
    • Publix and multiple “fast” food type restaurants are within a 5-minute drive of the clinic if you would prefer to leave to grab lunch vs. packing


    • Be present in the exam room with Dr. Gingerich
    • Assist with patient preparation for surgery
    • Observe dental charting and oral exam in week one, perform oral exam and charting in week two
    • Observe proper techniques for obtaining dental radiographs
    • Observe cleaning techniques in week one, perform cleaning in week two
    • Assist Dr. Gingerich in surgery
    • Assist with patient recovery
    • You are not required to clean up

Learning Objectives

  • Oral Exam and Charting
  • Periodontal disease
      • Clinical recognition 
      • Radiographic recognition
      • Proper staging
      • Understanding treatment options
      • Understanding preventative measures
  • Tooth Resorption
      • Clinical recognition
      • Radiographic recognition
      • Proper typing and staging
      • Understanding treatment options
  • Dental Fractures, abrasions and attrition
      • Clinical recognition
      • Radiographic assessment, know the radiographic signs of endodontic disease
      • Understanding treatment options for endodontic disease
  • Stomatitis
      • Clinical recognition
      • Understanding treatment options
  • Brief knowledge of recognition, assessment and treatment of other oral diseases
      • Gingival enlargement
      • Discolored teeth
      • Missing teeth
      • Jaw fractures
      • Oral tumors
  • Know the materials, drugs and equipment used in daily dental practice
      • Hand instruments
      • Power instruments
      • Surgical instruments
      • Preventatives
      • Pharmaceuticals
Wade Gingerich
Contact email: 
9250 Corkscrew Road Ste 18
Estero, FL 33928
United States
Practice or Institution Type: 
Is student housing available?: 
Hours of supervision by a licensed veterinarian per week: