Penny, an 8 year old Papillion, came to the clinic with stage 2, 3 and 4 periodontal disease. All the teeth with stage 4 periodontal disease were extracted, but the teeth with stage 2-3 periodontal disease were able to be saved so long as Penny’s mom felt comfortable brushing Penny’s teeth daily and returning for more dental rechecks and procedures. After Penny’s mom agreed to brush, we performed closed root planning beneath the gum line [...]
Leo came to Dentistry for Animals because of a large mass. The Biopsy was performed at Leo’s family veterinarian and he was then referred to us for the surgical removal of the mass. The mass was a peripheral odontogenic fibroma which is a benign tumor but can be aggressive locally. Although it was not cancerous, the mass was re-growing rapidly. Dr. Force performed a marginal mandibulectomy. A mandibulectomy is a resection of part of the [...]
Our pet of the month is Bean! Bean is a 12 week old dachshund puppy with an overbite. The deciduous mandibular canine teeth were causing palatal trauma just inside the upper canine teeth. When the deciduous canines are retained they can cause periodontal disease which will damage the adult canines. To prevent the trauma to the palate, Dr. Force extracted the deciduous mandibular canine teeth, before any periodontal disease formed and saved the adult canines. [...]
Our pet of the month is Belinda! Belinda has been selected as our pet of the month! Belinda came to us with a bilateral mandibular fractures. It was easy to see she was very malnourished and her jaw had been fractured for a few days. We repaired her jaw with a figure eight wire and a splint. One side of Belinda’s splint broke and her jaw had a small piece of dead bone and a [...]
This month our special pet is Zoey. Zoey is a 8 month old Shih Tzu who came to Dentistry for Animals with a jaw fracture (held in place with a muzzle), retained deciduous teeth and a couple unerupted teeth. Dr. Force did a difficult repair on the fracture with figure 8 wire, around a partial erupted tooth, and composite splint. Even though Zoey went through a long recovery, with a muzzle on her nose the [...]
This cutie pie, Charlie, came to us for repair of multiples fractures to her jaw that happened while she was playing with the family dog. Her lower jaw was fractured in 3 different places and her upper jaw also sustained a fracture. Often these types of fractures are repaired with wiring and/or some type of bonding. Typically, we reduce the fracture by re-aligning the jaw in its normal position and stabilize it with wire and/or [...]
Our unique patient of the month is Rory, a 3-year-old sphynx. One early morning Rorys’ mom discovered that he had fractured one of his upper canines. After his initial exam, Rory was scheduled for a procedure to not only assess the extent of the fracture, but also how best to repair it. At that time, it was discovered that Rorys’ tooth was indeed a complicated fracture with exposure to the pulp chamber. Dr. Force discussed [...]
Tennis balls seem soft and dogs love them, but they are very abrasive to their teeth. Dogs that are good chewers often end up with flat crowns and can even have pulp exposure from chewing on these toys. It’s like chewing on sandpaper. It’s even worse at the beach where wet sand sticks to the ball!