Teeth in dogs and cats only “grow” during the eruption, which is generally completed by the 6 months of age of a dog or a cat. Any later outwards movement of the tooth/teeth is abnormal and needs to be addressed with your vet.
Plaque and calculus accumulation is a normal and constant process. While dental calculus is not directly associated with periodontal disease, dental plaque is the main reason for the start and progression of periodontal disease. Let’s have a look into some myths and facts about dental deposits!
Odontogenic cysts are epithelial-lined cavities containing fluid in the jaws. These lesions cause animals discomfort and may enlarge significantly leading to several potential complications, therefore they should be diagnosed and treated early.
Full-mouth dental radiographs are still the golden standard of imaging in veterinary dentistry, especially if the animal is presented for the first time, or if the clinical condition has changed significantly since the previous visit. Without obtaining dental radiographs, there is a great chance to miss clinically important findings and poorly treat the patient.
To offer the best possible veterinary dental care to the patients, a well-trained veterinarian must also have appropriate equipment.
Oronasal fistula is an acquired communication between the oral and nasal cavities. The most common cause of an oronasal fistula in dogs is advanced periodontal disease.
Persistent deciduous teeth, fractured deciduous teeth and deciduous teeth causing traumatic malocclusion are all indications for the deciduous teeth to be removed to relieve pain and infection in puppies and kittens.
Dental wear may result in endodontic disease, therefore all teeth affected with wear should be closely examined and radiographed.