Splint Used to Stabilize & Save Dog’s Tooth

Splint placed to stabalize Jennabell's tooth.

Splint placed to stabilize Jennabell’s tooth.

Jennabell, a 9 year-old female Husky, was attacked by two other dogs and her owner noticed that her left canine tooth was displaced laterally (luxated). She initially took Jennabell to her regular veterinarian who reduced the tooth back to its normal position and repaired the lacerated gingiva around it. Her vet advised further evaluation from a veterinary dental specialist in order to have the tooth stabilized in place.

Jennabell presented the following day to Animal Dental Care in Colorado Springs. Upon evaluation, it was determined that the left maxillary canine tooth was slightly mobile, but still in place. Digital veterinary dental radiographs (x-rays), under anesthesia, did not reveal any fracture of the root or surrounding bone, however there was significant widening of the periodontal ligament space secondary to where the trauma was observed.

After thorough evaluation of Jennabell’s mouth and x-rays, the decision was made to try to save Jennabell’s tooth rather than extract. Orthopedic wire was placed in a figure-eight pattern between the two maxillary canine teeth and secured in place with flowable composite material. Acrylic splint material was placed over the wire and around the base of the maxillary canine teeth.

Jennabell returned three weeks later for splint removal. The left maxillary canine tooth was stable and not mobile, but slightly discolored. This indicated probable non-vitality (death) of the tooth and a standard root canal procedure was performed.

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