Veterinary Dentistry Today

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Sun Mar 21

Tooth discoloration in a dog requiring root canal therapy.

This dog belongs to a local law enforcement agency in Atlanta.  The officer astutely noticed the discoloration of the canine tooth.  Any tooth that is discolored intrinsically as this one is should have root canal therapy or be extracted.  The pulp is dead or in the process of dying and will cause problems with bone destruction at the root apex (tip)  Notice the wide periodontal ligament space associated with this tooth radiographically.  The obturation material consisted of a simplifil plug and Guttaflow.

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Tue Feb 23

Update on Severe Stomatitis, CUPS and Tongue Masses in a Boxer Dog

UPDATE: Lymphoma was the diagnosis based upon histopathology.  Further staging would involve immunohistochemical stains to determine B cell vs T cell lymphoma.  Chemotherapy is an option in these cases.  This dog was humanely euthanized.

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Sat Feb 13

Severe Stomatitis, CUPS and Tongue Masses in a Boxer Dog

This 7 year old boxer dog presented with severe generalized stomatitis.  CUPS lesions were also present.  The tongue had multiple raised masses with palpable densities throughout.  Biopsies were taken.  Neoplasia is suspected.  I will update this post when pathology is complete.

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Sat Feb 6

Cat Mandibulectomy

This cat presented with profound disfigurement from a rostral mandibular mass.  Salvage excision and euthanasia were the options provided.  The mass was excised and postoperative and next day images shown.  This cat has full tongue function despite taking the mandible back to the level of the first molars at the base of the tongue.  He is learning how to eat and doing quite well 3 days postop.

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Sun Jan 31

Gingival Hyperplasia, Ossifying Epulis and a Jaw Cyst in a Boxer Dog

This 4 ½ year old boxer was referred for excision of gingival hyperplasia.  Both mandibular canines had gingival enlargement as did the maxillary premolars.  Treatment pending biopsy was excision with a scalpel and contouring with a #12 fluted finishing bur.  Biospy revealed an ossifying epulides on the right canine definitive therapy would be removing the mass and extracting the canine.    Closure will be a problem due to the involvement of the entire attached gingiva adjacent to the canine.

Unfortunately the left mandible has a large cyst forming.  See caption below for details.

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Sat Jan 30

Jaw Fracture Repair in a Dog Utilizing Titanium Mesh

This dog had a right mandibular fracture secondary to chronic periodontal disease.  The jaw fractured spontaneously.  It was repaired utilizing a titanium mesh material and bone regenerative putty. 

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Jaw Fracture Repair in a Dog Utilizing Titanium Mesh

This dog had a right mandibular fracture secondary to chronic periodontal disease.  The jaw fractured spontaneously.  It was repaired utilizing a titanium mesh material and bone regenerative putty.
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Wed Jan 27

Sliding Pedicle Flap for Repair of V-shaped Gingival Recession in a Dog

This is a (very sweet) middle aged miniature schnauzer with v-shaped gingival defects.  Surgery is required to regenerate attachment and slow or prevent further compromise of the periodontal tissue associated with this canine (both were affected) and the 4th premolar.  Rostral and caudal sliding pedicle flaps were utilized to repair the canine defect.  Donor tissue was taken rostral for the 4th premolar. 

For a link to the article describing this procedure Step By Step from the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry please follow this link:

http://veterinarydentistry.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Sliding-Pedicle1.pdf

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Sliding Pedicle Flap for Repair of V-shaped Gingival Recession in a Dog

This is a (very sweet) middle aged miniature schnauzer with v-shaped gingival defects.  Surgery is required to regenerate attachment and slow or prevent further compromise of the periodontal tissue associated with this canine (both were affected) and the 4th premolar.  Rostral and caudal sliding pedicle flaps were utilized to repair the canine defect.  Donor tissue was taken rostral for the 4th premolar. 

For a link to the article describing this procedure Step By Step from the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry please follow this link:

http://veterinarydentistry.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Sliding-Pedicle1.pdf

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