I met little Darcy at a Corgi Breeders meeting. Her owner was concerned about gingivitis so she came to us for treatment. We cleaned and X-rayed her teeth. “What a shock!” said the owner, as I explained what a dental X-ray showed us in her sweet little dog’s mouth.
Darcy had a “deep pocket” behind her big molar. This dog had a surprise acanthomatous ameloblastoma, rim excision.
Without an X-ray to show us what the problem was, the tooth would have been removed and the real problem never addressed.
Cancer is what we found (see picture arrows). Because of the radiographs, we were able to instantly see the problem and take measures to fix it quickly before it got worse. Post-op 16 months, still doing great, no regrowth!
Her owner feels that “regular dental X-rays saved my dog’s life!!”
Jean Battig, DVM, DAVDC
Rosie is 18 years old, going on 19 very soon. She is a Pekingese/Shih Tzu mix. Rosie lives with Donna and her husband.
Three years ago, Donna noticed that Rosie had bad breath and seemed unhappy. She began a bizarre behavior of biting at the air. Two years ago, Donna had Rosie’s teeth cleaned, but the bad breath persisted. Recently, Rosie started to hold her mouth in an abnormal position and she began dropping food from her mouth when eating.
Rosie’s veterinarian took an X-ray and found that Rosie had a fractured mandible (lower jaw). Donna was referred to Dr. Hoffman for treatment.
Dental X-rays revealed that Rosie’s fracture was due to advanced bone loss as a result of untreated periodontal disease. Most of Rosie’s remaining teeth also has abscesses and severe bone loss. The fracture was a non-union type: it was not new, and it was not healing.
The only treatment option for Rosie was for Dr. Hoffman to remove a portion of her mandible and extract all the teeth with abscesses and severe bone loss. Rosie’s surgery took three hours.
One week later, Rosie has gained weight and has an excellent appetite. She no longer bites at the air. She is wagging her tail again for the first time in years.
She wants to go for walks on a leash. Before her surgery, she did not want to go outside at all. Rosie likes to eat her prescription food, deli roast beef, liverwurst, baby food, and chicken breast. Donna says, “Rosie is a different dog. She is happy now.” Donna would like pet owners to know that the only way to determine the cause of oral pain and odor is by taking dental X-rays.
Cleaning teeth does not address dental pain or disease. A pet’s teeth can be cleaned every year, but if X-rays are not taken, any painful disease affecting the roots of the teeth will not be treated and can lead to years of pain and, in some small dogs, jaw fractures.
No patient is too old to benefit from the quality of life and comfort proper dental care can provide!
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