Dog Dental X-rays – Meet Buster

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Dog Dental X-rays – Meet Buster and his Loose Tooth

Dr. Renee Boyajan, Buster’s Veterinarian

Dog Dental X-rays - Meet Buster

Meet Buster…

  • He came to see us because of a loose tooth.
  • Just looking at him you would never suspect that he had other dental disease. He had 6 broken teeth, two dentigerous cysts*, two canine teeth with dentin exposure, painful infected tooth roots that were left after the crown was broken off… and a loose tooth.
  • * Dentigerous cyst – Learn more

Dunedin Animal Medical Center is AAHA Accredited…
Being an AAHA Accredited Veterinary Animal Hospital, our commitment is to only provide the best medical care for your pets and our patients.

Complete Dental X-rays, for every dental patient, at every teeth cleaning
Is an important part of that commitment because over 60% of dental disease will never be found without dental x-rays. Buster is an example where our patient commitment has made a pet’s life much better.

Dental procedures begin with a complete oral exam and dental x-rays…

Buster's missing teeth

Buster – Picture 2

  • The blue arrow – points to gum tissue where a tooth should be.
  • The red arrow – points to another area of gum tissue where another tooth is missing.
  • The gum tissue indicated by the red and blue arrows appears very normal.
  • Without dental x-rays, this is where Buster’s exam STOPS!.
  • Yes, it did all appeared normal until… you took dental x-rays. Fortunately for Buster we did not stop here. Dental x-rays revealed these infected and painful areas.(see pictue 3).
Buster's missing teeth - x-ray

Buster – Picture 3

  • Small red arrows – Dentigerous cyst containing an impacted tooth.
  • Small blue arrows – The missing (impacted). tooth (blue arrow, picture 2).
  • Large red arrows – The missing tooth (red arrow, picture 2). Crown is broken off and roots are infected.

NOTE: If left uncorrected the cyst will continue to grow and displace more mandible (lower jaw) bone. This can lead to a weakened mandible and fracture during normal chewing activity. A mandible fractured from loss of bone is very difficult to repair.

Extraction of the tooth inside the dentigerous cyst…

Buster's Dentigerous Cyst

Bister – Picture 4

  • The blue arrow – is now pointing to the dentigerous cyst cavity after we have created an opening.
Buster's Dentigerous Cyst - exposed

Buster – Picture 5

  • The missing tooth – is now more visible inside the cyst.

Dental x-rays insure that all tooth roots have been extracted…

Buster's Dentigerous Cyst & broken tooth roots - x-ray

Buster – Picture 6

Pictures 6 & 7 – The opposite side of buster’s mouth, reveals the exact same problems existed here.

  • Small red arrows – Dentigerous cyst containing an impacted tooth, similar to picture 3
  • Small blue arrows – The missing (impacted). tooth (blue arrow, similar to picture 2).
  • Large red arrows – The missing tooth (red arrow, similar to picture 2). Crown is broken off and roots are infected
Buster's Dentigerous Cyst & broken tooth roots - extracted

Picture 7

Post-extraction x-ray – Showing the impacted tooth and the infected tooth roots extracted.

  • Small red arrows – Where bone was removed to gain access to the impacted tooth.
  • Small blue arrow – Where the impacted tooth was extracted.
  • Large red arrows – The infected tooth roots are no longer present.

Without dental x-rays…

  • Buster’s loose tooth would have been extracted and his treatment would have STOPPED there. He would have been sent home with 6 broken teeth, two (2) dentigerous cysts, two canine teeth with dentin exposure and 4 infected and painful tooth roots…
  • Thanks to Buster’s concerned owner, knowledgeable veterinarians and dental x-rays – Buster is now a healthier, happier and pain-free pup!