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Feline Juvenile Onset Gingivitis/Periodontitis (FGOG/P) – November 2016

Periodontal disease is common in feline practice. Without regular dental care, it usually becomes apparent after 3-5 years of age. Juvenile onset feline gingivitis/periodontitis is a form of periodontal disease occasionally seen in cats less than 1 year of age. … Continue reading

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A Pet Dental Case that Surprised Even the Veterinary Dentist – November, 2015

Every now and then, I am still surprised by what I find in a pet patient’s mouth. This case illustrates that point very well. I am sure you have all been in the same position when asked whether or not … Continue reading

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Test your knowledge. Which tooth (or teeth) need treatment? – January 2015

This month’s case illustrates the importance of dental radiographs in treatment planning. Look at the following picture and the first two dental radiographs. Then form your opinion and keep reading further down for the answer. The patient presented with a … Continue reading

Posted in Veterinary Dentistry Newsletter | Comments Off on Test your knowledge. Which tooth (or teeth) need treatment? – January 2015

Periapical Lucencies (PAL) – November 2014

In response to last month’s newsletter, I received a question regarding the clinical significance of periapical radiographic lesions. The doctor who contacted me was under the impression that the presence of a radiographic periapical lesion might be a contraindication for … Continue reading

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Teeny Tiny Fractures – October 2014

Even very small dental fractures can sometimes lead to severe infection  inside the effected teeth. This dog presented with a severely swollen face below the left eye. A detailed oral exam showed a very small fracture of the tip of … Continue reading

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New Tools to Combat Anesthesia-Free Dental Care in Pets – September, 2014

As most of you know, dental cleanings in dogs and cats without anesthesia is a substandard practice that preys on the fear of anesthesia that many owners have. If you are not impacted by this trend, you likely will be … Continue reading

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Hidden Pain from Base-Narrow Mandibular Canine Teeth – June, 2014

Base narrow mandibular premolar teeth (BNMCT) are commonly seen in small animal practice. When left untreated, various types of pathology can develop secondary to the traumatic occlusion of the lower canine teeth with the maxillary dentition and palatal soft tissues. … Continue reading

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Hemisection and Root Canal Therapy of a Lower First Molar – December 2013

A middle-aged SF Golden Retriever presented for evaluation of an oral mass near on the right lower first molar (409) that had re-grown after conservative removal by the referring veterinarian. At that time no biopsy had been taken.  Physical exam … Continue reading

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Repair of Oronasal Fistulas – October, 2013

An oronasal fistula (ONF) is a non-healing communication between the oral cavity and the nasal cavity. When the communication is between the oral cavity and maxillary recess (dogs do not have a maxillary sinus), it is termed an oroantral fistula. … Continue reading

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Extraction Complications Part Three – August 2013

The past two newsletters have covered common locations and reasons for complications of extraction. This month we will cover how to deal with the problems after they occur. Read Part One or Part Two. FRACTURED ROOTS When faced with a … Continue reading

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Extraction Complications: Part Two – July 2013

Where do extraction complications occur and how can you avoid them? This month we continue the three part series on veterinary dental extraction complications.

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Extraction Complications – June 2013

This month we are beginning a three part series on extraction complications. These three newsletters will cover the most common complications, why they happen, where they happen, how to avoid them and how to deal with them. Rest assured that … Continue reading

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Treatment of a Dentigerous Cyst in a Dog – May 2013

Missing teeth are common in veterinary dental practice, especially in smaller patients. It is important to obtain dental radiographs in areas where teeth are missing to rule out unerupted teeth associated with Dentigerous cysts. In general unerupted teeth should be … Continue reading

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Treatment of an Avulsed Canine Tooth in a Dog – Mar. 2013

Head trauma commonly involves damage to the dentition, including fractures of the tooth crown and/or root, fractures of the alveolar bone, and tooth displacement-type injuries. Appropriate treatment can substantially improve the prognosis for continued function of the involved teeth.

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Bone graft materials in veterinary dentistry – Feb. 2013

A variety of bone graft materials can be utilized in veterinary dentistry. Some of the more common applications for these products include placement in certain extraction sites to help prevent alveolar ridge loss, during surgical periodontal therapy, for fracture repair … Continue reading

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Anesthesia-Free Pet Dentistry (AFD) – Nov. 2012

Anesthesia-free pet dentistry (AFD) has gained popularity over the last few years. The main factors driving this are the lower cost and the perceived risk of general anesthesia. This is true; AFD is cheaper and has no anesthetic risk. It … Continue reading

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Restoration of a fractured canine tooth seven years after treatment with vital pulp therapy – Oct. 2012

This month’s case is interesting in that it involved treatment of a right lower canine tooth (404) that had been treated seven years previously with vital pulp therapy. The patient had initially presented at 10 months of age for treatment … Continue reading

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En Bloc resection of an Ossifying Epulis in a dog – July 2012

History: A seven year old Siberian Husky-cross dog was referred for evaluation of a gingival mass. Two years previously, the referring veterinarian had resected a gingival mass from the same area between the maxillary left first and second premolars. A … Continue reading

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Treating Fractured Pet Teeth – May 2012

Several different types of tooth fractures may occur in pets, with crown fractures being the most common. There are basically 2 types of crown fractures; Complicated crown fractures (charted as CCF) and Uncomplicated crown fractures (charted as UCF). Regardless of … Continue reading

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Treatment Options for Base-Narrow Mandibular Canine Teeth – Part Three: Final Treatment options for BNMCT in permanent dentition – March 2012

Levering Permanent Teeth A technique utilized occasionally by the author involves gently levering partially erupted permanent canine teeth as needed to allow eruption of these teeth into a normal position. When the permanent canine teeth have immature roots, they still … Continue reading

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