As described in a
recent post, dental
conditions are often hidden and painful. The following posts are
going to help describe conditions that pets can get as well as
treatment. Many people I talk with are surprised how we can help pets
with dental conditions and save teeth whenever possible.
As stated in the
image above, when conditions are right, it is possible to save teeth
that have been ‘knocked out.’ It is VERY important to put the
tooth in a glass of milk and drive promptly to a veterinary dentistry
center. The less time out, the better. In all cases, the injury must
have occurred within 24 hours. There are exceedingly rare cases of
teeth being repositioned within 30 minutes after the luxation and the
tooth becoming vital again.
The trauma causing
this situation often occurs in dogfights or road accidents
(HitByCar). Sometimes the tooth is moved to the side
(luxation/subluxation). Other times the tooth is pushed inward
(intrusion). In all cases, there needs to be enough supporting bone
and no or very little infection surrounding the tooth to allow the
The tooth is splinted and a follow up root canal therapy is performed one week later. Depending on each case, the splint may stay in place for up to four weeks, then removed. In all types of endodontics, it is necessary to follow up with anesthetic imaging of the tooth in 6 months, then every 12 months there after.