Treating Beagle’s Severe Periodontal Disease

Rusty, a 10 year old Beagle with severe periodontal disease.

If left untreated, periodontal disease in a pet’s mouth will continue to become more severe and cause extensive damage. 

Rusty, a 10 year old Beagle with severe periodontal disease.

Rusty, a 10 year old Beagle with severe periodontal disease.

The veterinarian at the Department of Animal Services noticed significant periodontal disease and very bad breath in Rusty, a 10 year old Beagle at the shelter. Without treatment, Rusty would likely not have been adoptable, so they arranged treatment at Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery.

Once Rusty was under anesthesia, using a periodontal probe, severe periodontal disease with gingival recession was confirmed of many teeth.  Three lower incisor teeth had fractures.  Several other incisor teeth were loose.  Dental X-rays confirmed the diseased teeth had significant bone loss and some even had abscesses.

 

Periodontal Disease in Beagle

Severe periodontal disease of the teeth allows our periodontal probe to be placed in between the roots. In a healthy tooth, the probe should NOT be able to penetrate to any extent. We call this furcation exposure. This tooth, and all the ones like it, must be extracted.

 

Dental X-ray showing severe bone loss at the tooth roots

Dental X-ray showing severe bone loss at the tooth roots.

 

Broken and infected incisor teeth

Broken and infected incisor teeth.

 

Because of the extent of disease, Rusty needed A LOT of extractions.  22 teeth were removed, therefore removing the active infection within his mouth.  Some of the less diseased teeth were saved by performed deep scaling.

Now Rusty has fresh breath!  The extraction sites healed over the next two weeks, and Rusty is much happier and ready for his forever home!