Tag Archives: Veterinary Dentistry

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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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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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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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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My least favorite extractions and why – July/August 2011

Introduction: Not all veterinary dental extractions are created equally. There are a few that I have grown to dislike more than others. I will share the reasons why and give you a few tips to make your life easier and … Continue reading

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Tooth resporption in dogs – June 2011

Introduction Tooth resorption in dogs (TR) occurs in three primary patterns: internal resorption, idiopathic bony replacement resorption, and osteoclastic resorption as seen in feline patients. The latter is the least common of the three patterns seen in dogs and will … Continue reading

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Unusual presentation of trismus – May 2011

The patient, a 4 ½ year-old NM longhaired dachshund presented with a recent history of pain, difficulty when opening his mouth (trismus) and weight loss. Three weeks prior to presentation, the patient had received a dental cleaning at a general … Continue reading

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Update on CAA (aka-Acanthomatous Epulis) – April 2011

A recent JAVMA article by Fiani, et al. entitled “Clinicopathologic characterization of odontogenic tumors and focal fibrous hyperplasia in dogs: 152 cases (1995-2005)” shed some interesting light on some of the more common “benign” oral tumors. The study was a … Continue reading

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Feline Tooth Resorption – January 2011

Feline Tooth Resorption (FTR) is a disease of the teeth and periodontium of cats. Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesion (FORL) is the term used to describe the lesions present. The terms “cervical line lesions” and “neck lesions” are no longer considered … Continue reading

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Mandibular Fracture Repair – November 2010

A variety of techniques may be utilized for the treatment of mandibular fractures. Intra-oral splints provide an excellent option for repair of many mandibular fractures, are relatively inexpensive, provides immediate post-operative function, and minimizes the risk of iatrogenic damage associated … Continue reading

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Enamel Hypocalcification in Pet Teeth – October 2010

Enamel Hypocalcification (EH) is a congenital condition of tooth enamel characterized by soft, chalky, mottled, or pitted areas in the enamel of the crowns of teeth (Fig 1). EH can range in color from white to yellow or brown. EH … Continue reading

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