External dental photograph showing the small entrance wound (white arrow).

Treatment for Rowdy After Accidental Gunshot Wound to the Jaw

Rowdy is a 2 year old boxer who enjoys life roaming on a few acres outside town. One night, he sustained an accidental close range gunshot wound to the jaw; the shell entered through the cheek of the lower left jaw, passed through the mandible and along the tongue and exited the mouth and lodged under the skin of the right front shoulder. Continue reading “Treatment for Rowdy After Accidental Gunshot Wound to the Jaw” »

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The case of hidden tooth resorption…

A professional veterinary dental cleaning is far more than a simple “scale and polish”.  While this is a key purpose for the procedure, there is another aspect which is as important (and actually in some cases MORE important) than the cleaning itself.  That is the oral examination and dental radiographs under anesthesia, almost always the only way painful problems can be identified in pets mouths. Continue reading “The case of hidden tooth resorption…” »

Upper Jaw Fracture Repair for Puppy

Cute little Layla was attached by another dog which broke out part of her upper jaw.  Initially, her owners thought things looked ok from the outside, but upon evaluation by Dr. Niemiec, it turned out the damage was fairly extensive. Layla had severely fractured her jaw, leaving damage to her puppy teeth as well as her un-erupted adult teeth. Continue reading “Upper Jaw Fracture Repair for Puppy” »

Puppy’s Impacted Molar

Pearl, an eight month old Westie came for a visit when her owners noticed she had missing teeth. Upon evaluation and thorough veterinary dental x-rays, Pearl was diagnosed with hypodontia, (persistent primary teeth) and impacted right mandibular molar.

The condition required complete extraction the impacted molar and third molar above.

Extraction of the impacted tooth was elected to prevent any possible future complication such as dentigerous cyst formation. Dentigerous cysts can be extremely destructive to the bone and adjacent teeth, and may even result in jaw fracture.

The third molar required extraction in order to access and extract the impacted second molar. Left in place, an impacted tooth may also result in damage (eg resorption) to adjacent teeth. In this case, the impacted tooth was thought to put the first molar at increased risk of disease, pain, or infection.

Dentigerous Cyst

A five year old Pit Bull Terrier named Roscoe presented to Veterinary Dental Specialties and Oral Surgery to have an anesthetized dental exam, cleaning, a few teeth with uncomplicated crown fractures (chipped teeth) sealed after the fractures were noted by his referring veterinarian.  However, during his anesthetized exam, a lower left premolar was noted to be missing (Figure 1). Continue reading “Dentigerous Cyst” »

Non-Vital Teeth

Arlo is an eight year old Boxer/Hound mix who was a patient at Veterinary Dental Specialties and Oral Surgery in California. He came in due to a crown fracture of his right mandibular canine which was noted by the veterinarian at the Department of Animal Services.

Diagnosis:
On awake examination discoloration of the right maxillary canine and left mandibular canine were noted in addition to the complicated crown fracture of the right mandibular canine. Once under anesthesia, dental X-rays confirmed that the discolored teeth were non-vital, or dead, by the presence of a widened root canal. Due to a malocclusion, a few incisors also had complicated crown fractures.

Treatment:
The non-vital canines were treated with root canal therapies. One of the root canal therapies had a complication and was not able to be performed, so the canine was extracted. The fractured incisors were also extracted. Arlo’s other teeth were scaled and polished.

Post-Operative Result:
Arlo now has a nice clean smile to show off back at the Department of Animal Services. The discolored teeth will remain a unique color, but are no longer a source of infection. Hopefully, a sweet boy with a healthy mouth will help Arlo to be adopted soon!