Saving Maxillary Lateral Incisors via Root Canal Therapy

Maxillary lateral incisors are the largest incisor in the dog.  The tooth below has a triangulated root dimension and can be difficult to extract due to both size and shape.  And it is discolored, which means that there is a 93% chance that the tooth is dead.  There are only two treat
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Dental Cavities in a Dog? You Bet! And There’s More Than 1 Kind.

The images below show one of two types of caries (cavities) that dogs get.  The type shown below is called a Smooth Surface Caries.  It occurs on the enamel surface usually affecting teeth that are very closely positioned (those that are in contact with another tooth).  With this form
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The “Treatment” part of the Dental Procedure (Oral ATP…Assessment, Treatment, Prevention)

In theory, the Oral ATP triad is a comprehensive protocol for taking care of your pet’s oral/dental needs.  This is where the true difference between a ‘Dental’ and an Oral ATP occurs.  Treatment means treating ALL problems in the mouth, not just cleaning teeth and g
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Foul Mouth Odor and Oral Pain in a Dog…What Could This Be?

This is the scenario:  You either have, or have treated a dog with a periodontal scaling and polishing because the odor in the mouth smells like the penguin house at the zoo and the pet has pain and discomfort when eating and playing?  Everything looks good after your procedure for ab
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Veterinary Dental Specialists Can Perform Annual Cleanings Too!! (Memphis office)

Most people think something has to be seriously wrong to see a Specialist.  In many cases, you are correct.  Your internist may seek the referral to a cardiologist if you have an irregular heart beat, or a GI specialist if you are having gastrointestinal difficulties.  Likewise, your
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The Great (and Misleading) Myth about a “Dental Procedure”

Here’s the scenario…your family veterinarian recommends a ‘dental’ for your pet. The first two questions you ask (or should ask) is “what does this entail?” and “how much will it cost?” While very good questions, the answers are not as s
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What is Your Diagnosis? External Surface Resorption

The image below is of a 9 yr. old MN Labrador retriever.  The radiographic lesions shown can be confusing to many and some refer for endodontic (root canal) therapy based on what they saw. This is External Surface Resorption.  It is not always visible on radiographs.  These lesions ar
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Dog Chews…Which Ones Are Best For My Pet?

If you scan the internet you will get dizzy looking at all the different options regarding pet chews.  The same goes for walking down the aisle at the grocery or favorite pet superstore…how do you know what’s good and what’s not?  Does the claim “helps prevent
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Dog and Cat Dental Radiography (X-ray) Anomaly

Once one gets on board with digital dental radiography, it is important to understand that there are many artifacts and anomalies that look like ‘real’ pathology.  Dental radiographs should (and I would say MUST) be performed on every dog and cat receiving an Oral ATP (err
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Should I Give My Dog Ice Cubes?

I get this question many times monthly from owners of my dental patients, especially in hot weather.  The short answer is NO, and I’ll explain why. First, one must consider why this is bad.  When a dog chews on anything, he/she uses the upper 4th premolar and the lower 1st molar
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Ocular and Periocular Pathology Caused by Periodontal/Endodontic Disease

I have the pleasure of working side-by-side with a Board Certified Opthalmologist, Dr. William Miller.  Many cases of extra-orbital cellulitis, epiphora, and even anterior uveitis have been localized to the pet having either periodontal disease or endodontic disease. Two of the worst
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The “Assessment” part of a Dental Procedure (Oral ATP – Assessment, Treatment, Prevention)

All our oral procedures involve the triad of ‘Assessment, Treatment, Prevention’.  Each is very important in the overall health and welfare of your pet. This post will address  ‘Assessment.’  This is the diagnostic phase of the procedure.  This is actually the
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The Cause of Chronic Sneezing May Be Periodontal Disease

Working in a specialty practice in Memphis (MVS) and Little Rock  gives me the opportunity to receive referrals from our respective internists.  One of the most common reasons for internal referral is chronic sneezing and nasal discharge.  While fungal diseases, tumors, and foreign bo
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Tooth Root Remnant Causing Significant Oral Pathology

This cat  (8 yr. MN DSH) was presented to me for evaluation of a mass on the right mandibular commissure. There is also generalized gingivostomatitis with no caudal oropharyngeal mucositis.  There is a distinct odor from this pet’s mouth.  Initial images are presented below (as
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What is Your Diagnosis? Lacerated Ventral Tongue due to Abraded Mandibular Incisors

Barden Greenfield, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC Your Pet Dentist of Memphis and Little Rock  
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What is Your Diagnosis? Bilateral Mandibular Canine Tooth Fractures

The dark spots present on the canine tooth occlusal surface are tertiary or reparative dentin.  This was created by the body to help cover the abraded or fractured tooth.  However, it was unsuccessful since I could place an explorer into the fracture site entering the pulp cavity.  Th
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