Vet Dentistry Cases

The Importance of Regular Pet Dental Cleanings

We all understand the value of regular dental cleanings for ourselves. As a matter of fact, we generally go every six months regardless of our oral health. In addition, annual physical exams and laboratory exams are recommended for both humans and veterinary patients. This is all a function of current best practice which is “preventative medicine”. This type of care is ubiquitous in all forms of health practice, except veterinary dentistry, where we wait for disease to be present and then we treat it.  Continue reading “The Importance of Regular Pet Dental Cleanings” »

Pathologic Mandibular Fracture in an Older, Small Breed Dog

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” »


Puppy With Swelling Over Teeth

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” »

Orthodontic Problems in Pets are Often Quite Painful

Orthodontic problems are often quite painful, even though pets rarely any outward signs of an issue. However, it is very common for pet patients to be suffering from the trauma crated by the teeth hitting into the sensitive gums or palate. This traumatic damage can become quite significant, creating local infection. In addition, they can kill the teeth in the area due to the chronic percussion. Finally, in some cases the teeth can penetrate into the nasal cavity possibly leading to a severe nasal infection.  Continue reading “Orthodontic Problems in Pets are Often Quite Painful” »

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…” »