iM3 Catalogue - Europe - Flipbook - Page 77
The iM3 Vet-Tome offers
a paradigm shift in the
way we, as veterinarians,
extract teeth in our
I got to use the Vet-Tome for the first time last week. I was extracting a lower
canine in a Staffy dog. The nemesis for most practitioners. Normally, to extract
this tooth, I would raise flaps on both the lateral and medial sides of the tooth.
I would also remove bone on both sides of the tooth, and then with the use of
luxators and elevators and a fair amount of angst, I would extract the tooth with
the fear of fracturing the lower jaw in the back of my mind. The dog would then
be left with a fairly big hole as well as bone loss from the surgical extraction and
the flap would then be sutured over this cavernous hole. I figured that hopefully
in the future, something would arrive that would take away the fear, the sweat
and sometimes the tears that has been associated with difficult extractions. The
future has arrived.
The Vet-Tome is basically a mechanical periotome with 1-10 power settings that
follows and cuts the periodontal ligament. It can be used 360 degrees around the
tooth. The idea is that you normally do not need to remove alveolar bone, but
the Vet-Tome creates a space around the tooth and will loosen the tooth. In my
hands, I then use elevators to elevate the tooth out of the socket, finally allowing
for extraction forceps to finish the job. The hole that is left is much smaller than
in a surgical extraction. The Vet-Tome gives you the ability to perform a truly
minimally invasive extraction, which means more rapid socket healing and less
pain for the pet. In my humble opinion, the Vet-Tome will be a game changer for
the veterinary profession.”
Today, I operated on a 4 kg Poodle Cross
with two retained upper deciduous canine
teeth. Both teeth were complete with no
resorption of the roots. Total time per tooth
from gum incision to removal of the tooth - 4
& 1/2 minutes per tooth - I used setting 2
and went very carefully, and with practice
will become more competent and confident.
The key benefits are intra-operative time
saving for the surgeon and the reduction in
trauma to the patient.
I would recommend this machine to every
Mountain View Veterinary Surgery
BVSc BDSc MANZCVS
The Vet-Tome turned up this week and I got to pull it out today for a slab
fracture of the upper carnassial PM4 in a 35 kg Chow Chow. With absolute
L-plate learner speed and due caution, the entire extraction took 12 minutes.
I felt in complete control the whole time, zero sweating, and my nurses tell
me my language remained civil the entire time. There is no doubt the trauma
to surrounding tissue was substantially less than I would normally create.
Dr Caiafa predicts this will be a game changer for the profession- It certainly is
Cottesloe Animal Hospital
iM3 Vet-Tome Extraction System
Complete with two standard and two heavy stainless steel tips.