An adorable 18-month-old mix breed puppy who chewed on an electrical cord and the electric burn resulted in dead and infected teeth and damaged gingiva and bone. He had significant electrocution burns in his mouth due to the shock. At the time, he needed to be treated at an emergency facility due to the fact that he developed pulmonary edema (which is a common complication of electrical accidents). Continue reading “Oral Damage from Dog’s Electric Burn” »
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Minnie came to us after having had surgical care for injuries she previously sustained in a coyote attack. She was originally treated at an outside surgical practice where the mandible (lower jaw) was fixed with a bone plate. Unfortunately, the occlusion (alignment) was off and which was causing pain and she would not eat. Another practitioner then extracted most of her teeth to alleviate the trauma and hopefully result in cessation of the clinical signs. Sadly, both of these significantly invasive surgeries did not resolve the issue and she was still not eating. Continue reading “Treating Previously Unsuccessful Cat Jaw Fracture Repair” »
Lucy, a sweet older dog, has had advanced periodontal disease for a long time. The clients were well aware of the severity and how it was negatively affecting her health. However, she also has a pretty significant heart problem. This was so severe that her family vet was not willing to take a chance on putting her under anesthesia to take care of her teeth. Sadly, the infection progressed to the point where her pet parent could tell she wasn’t feeling well. Continue reading “Treating Advanced Periodontal Disease in Dog with Heart Conditions & High Anesthesia Risk” »
Broken teeth are a very common problem in dogs, and in fact it has been shown that fully 10 percent of dog have a tooth with direct pulp (or nerve) exposure. Therefore, many pets are in need of treatment for this painful malady. The only options for therapy of a fractured tooth are root canal therapy and extraction. Veterinary Dentists generally prefer saving teeth via root canal therapy, especially strategic teeth like canines.
Root canals preserve the function of the tooth as well as avoid a painful extraction procedure. Canine teeth have huge roots (Figure 1) and the extraction requires a large incision as well as drilling away jaw bone. In addition, extraction has numerous potential complications including incision line breakdown and in cases of lower teeth extraction, jaw fracture.
These facts make saving these important teeth via root canal procedures the best option. However, it is important to note that root canals must be properly performed for them to be successful. Unfortunately, they are a not an easy procedure, and many clinics offering this service have not been properly trained. Finally, since pets rarely show signs of oral pain, poorly performed and/or painful root canals, will not generally be appreciated by the owner.
In this case, root canals were performed on a police dog, which were rechecked at veterinary dental specialties and oral surgery. There were no outward clinical signs of failure, however the dental radiographs revealed that the procedure was done very poorly. (Figures 2 and 3).
Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery had to redo the procedures, (Figures 4 and 5) which is more difficult and time consuming to perform. Therefore, it is important to select only well-trained veterinary dentists for this procedure.
If your pet has a broken tooth, it is important to ensure that they are being treated by the very best board certified veterinary dentists. Find a board certified veterinary dentist.
This is Sugar who suffered a broken jaw due to advanced periodontal disease. She had been seen at her family vet after being involved in a dog fight. He had sedated Sugar to fully evaluate the fracture and had extracted the very loose molar in the area. Once he realized the jaw was fractured, he referred her to Veterinary Dental Specialties and Oral Surgery for care.
Classically, mandibular fractures were the result of significant trauma (hit by car, long falls, baseball bat accident), and in large breed dogs this is definitely still the case. However, in our small and toy breeds, there is a condition seen with increasing regularity which is called a “pathologic fracture”. Continue reading “Pathologic Mandibular Fracture in an Older, Small Breed Dog” »
A 10 month old dog was referred to Dr. Niemiec at Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery for widespread enamel hypoplasia, a condition which the tooth enamel is diseased and appears as discoloration or pitting on the pet’s teeth. Continue reading “Puppy with Enamel Hypoplasia” »
Little Marvin is a 9-month-old Labrador Retriever who was seen by Dr. Brook Niemiec at his Las Vegas veterinary dentistry practice. The puppy had swelling over his maxillary incisors from the time he was about five months old. The firm swelling and missing tooth in the area made the most likely diagnosis a benign tumor called an odontoma, or possibly a cyst. He was referred to Dr. Niemiec by his family veterinarian, who identified the need for the puppy to be assessed by a skilled oral surgeon and allow Marvin to have minimal trauma and the best chance of success. Continue reading “Puppy With Swelling Over Teeth” »
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” »
A four year old chihuahua presented to Veterinary Dental Specialties and Oral Surgery following a fight with a larger dog. There was severe oral trauma and a jaw fracture was suspected. Continue reading “Traumatic Rostral Maxillectomy on Chihuahua” »