Jack D. is a 6 yr Blue Heeler who recently came to Hampden for his yearly exam. His owner had noticed that Jack had developed bad breath and was concerned about his teeth.
On physical exam, his right lower canine appeared broken.
During his dental, we confirmed that the fracture penetrated into the pulp cavity where the blood supply and nerve reside. Our digital dental x-ray clearly showed infection (note widened canal & dark ring) at the base of the tooth.
Oral surgery was performed to extract the tooth. A gingival flap was created, bone was removed and the tooth was elevated out of its socket. Synthetic bone grafting material was placed in the large defect to increase bone regeneration. The gingival flap was then sutured close.
Now Jack has lovely breath and no more tooth pain.