|The yellow arrows are pointing to the discoloured right upper and lower canine teeth in this 150 lb English Mastiff dog. The upper canine is grey and the lower canine tooth is pink at the tip of the crown. In this dog the lower canine tooth is scraping the upper canine tooth. It has caused a lot of wear of the upper canine tooth over time and this has caused damage to the pulps of both teeth. The blue arrow is pointing to a small rough lump on the gums.|
|This is the X-ray of the right upper canine tooth. The blue dots outline the area around the apex (root end) where there is loss of bone. Evaluation of the tooth and surrounding bone can never be assessed without X-rays. The bone loss can be caused by several things. The most common cause is the presence of an infection causing an abscess. These can be very painful and make the animal feel sick. Notice the area outlined in orange dots - this is the pulp. For a 7 year old dog this is WAY too big. This tooth has been dead for a long time - maybe 6 years. The yellow arrow is pointing to pulp stones - small calcium deposits in the pulp cavity - this means that a root canal will be very difficult to impossible to do. The decision was made to extract the tooth.|
The gum was cut and lifted up from the bone to allow the surgeon to remove the tooth. A huge, foul smelling abscess was discovered and the cavity around the infection was cleaned very well with instruments and flushed well. The lining around the abscess was removed too. In this image the arrow is pointing to some lining that was taken out of the tooth socket after extraction.
Please note - this patient was anesthetized and was protected against pain - this is not something that can ever be performed on an unanesthetized patient.
|This is how the surgery site looks after the tooth has been removed and the surgical closed with sutures. The blue arrow is pointing to the area where the lump was. It was removed and sent to the lab for analysis. It was found to be due to the long standing infection and happily not cancer. The surgical site and the biopsy site healed very well over the next few days. The dog was a wonderful patient.|
|This x-ray shows that all the root has been removed. Without an X-ray after an extraction it is not possible to say for sure that all the root has been removed. Any root material left behind can lead to infection and pain.|
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In our newest video we tell you what gum recession is and show you a few tips on how to recognize it.
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This video shows x-rays of the upper right and left molar teeth at the back of the mouth in this dog. These teeth are hidden from view so this is very easily missed by pet owners.
This series of 3 short videos shows what the vet sees in the oral exam. Remember that now all the disease is seen. X-rays are needed to see how severe the problem is.
Do you ever wonder about how often your pet needs to have a professional teeth clean? You are not alone. Here is the answer and reasons why.
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This is for people who need a few ideas on how to best start out brushing their pet's teeth. For further information watch Dr Banyard's other videos on you tube, 'Dentistry for Pet Owners 101' and 'Professional teeth clean in a dog: Parts 1 to 7'.
24/7 emergency service is very costly to MediCare and no less costly to veterinarians. The following Emergency clinics are best equipped for your pet's emergency needs. For after hour emergency service please call:
1. Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley
Hours: Open 24/7
#306-6325 204th Street,
Langley, B.C. Canada V2Y 3B3
2. Abbotsford Valley Animal Emergency Clinic
Hours: Monday to Saturday 5pm to 8:00 am, Sunday and weekends 24hours
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