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Case Study: Dental

This horse, prior to arriving in Florida and entering into our care, had a routine dentistry exam performed. The dentist, during this initial exam, noticed a lateral slab fracture off tooth 408 and performed a removal of this fractured tooth. This procedure left a pocket in the gum.

This horse, prior to arriving in Florida and entering into our care, had a routine dentistry exam performed. The dentist, during this initial exam, noticed a lateral slab fracture off tooth 408 and performed a removal of this fractured tooth. This procedure left a pocket in the gum.

When we examined this horse’s mouth, we found the pocket in the gum packed with food and very malodorous. This horse had also developed a callous laterally on his mandible (jaw) at the level of the 408 tooth root. We took the first set of x-rays that shows a fractured tooth root.

The follow up x-rays were taken during extraction. The first image shows the main tooth extracted with the fractured root remaining.The follow up x-rays were taken during extraction. The first image shows the main tooth extracted with the fractured root remaining.
The final x-ray shows the jaw following the removal of the fractured root.The final x-ray shows the jaw following the removal of the fractured root.
Removed tooth without the root.Removed tooth without the root.
Removed tooth with the root.Removed tooth with the root.