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Simple Extractions: Techniques and Indications
(Proceedings)

Extractions of teeth in dogs and cats are commonly categorized as simple or surgical, Surgical extractions involve periodontal flaps and the removal of bone to expose tooth roots. Simple extractions in some cases are not always simple as their name implies. Fractures during extraction may require surgical methods to complete the procedure. Simple extractions involve [...]
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Oct
07

Maxillary swelling in a 2-year-old cat: What’s
your diagnosis?

A 2-year-old neutered male domestic longhaired cat is presented for evaluation of a maxillary mass protruding from the space normally occupied by the right maxillary canine, tooth 104 (Photo 1). The swelling is hard throughout its circumference but has a fluctuant portion on its ventral aspect. The patient’s history reveals no apparent discomfort, and a [...]
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Oct
04

Examining mandibular problems in a dog

A neutered male rescued Shih Tzu of unknown age was brought to the referring veterinarian for a wellness evaluation. Oral examination showed generalized severe tartar, halitosis, gingivitis and gingival recession. Full-mouth radiographs revealed generalized stage IV periodontal disease. Both mandibles were severely affected adjacent to the molar and premolar teeth. The referring veterinarian successfully performed [...]
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Oct
03

Bilateral mandibular fractures due to periodontal disease

Last month's article described an attempt at definitive unilateral mandibular fracture repair using titanium mesh in a Shih Tzu. On the third postoperative day, the patient removed the Elizabethan collar and created a similar fracture in the opposite mandible. Consequently, we were faced with bilateral mandibular fractures and only four remaining teeth (canines). This case [...]
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Oct
03

Defining dental malocclusions in dogs

Dogs deserve the same straight, engaging smile we humans seek, right? OK, that may be stretching it a bit, but what our patients do deserve is a bite that’s comfortable. This article highlights the classes of malocclusion. Future articles in this series will address individual cases that fall into these classes and show what can [...]
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Oct
03

Malocclusion with severe tissue destruction in a dog

Last month, I began a discussion on the topic of malocclusions. Over the next several months, I will take a close look at cases of malocclusion resulting in varying degrees of trauma and how they were treated. There is generally more than one option for treating each of these conditions, and alternative techniques will be [...]
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