Open Root Apex

By February 3, 2019Family Pet Veterinary Blog

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.

Non-standard root canal therapy is a situation in which the steps cannot be completed because the tip of the root (apex) is open preventing a tight seal, cannot be disinfected adequately, or cannot be filled properly.

This tooth was
traumatized at a young age before the apex closed:

Disease at the apex of this discolored tooth ‘dissolved’ the apex leaving it open:

Special techniques
and materials are used to close the apex and complete root canal
therapy. This is known as apexification and results in a structural
and functional tooth without disease.

Although endodontic
therapy is around 93% successful, in cases in which it is not
successful, a surgical approach for endodontic therapy can be used.
Other times simple bad luck with file breakage prevents appropriate
filling of the chamber and may necessitate surgical access to
complete an endodontic treatment:

The good news is
that there are many ways to save structural teeth!

to learn more about root canal therapy for your pet.