This dog had a retained deciduous (baby) canine tooth. The extra tooth exiting the gum with the other tooth stretches the gum and allows a tract for bacteria and debris to envade into the roof of the mouth.
Note how long the root is. Actually the tip of root broke off and had to be removed also.
This puppy had retained operculum tissue. The teeth failed to erupt through the gum and were becoming very stinky. We performed operculectomies to allow him to develop normal oral health.
This puppy had several orthodondic problems. The lower canine tooth was crowded - it didn't have enough room to fit between the upper canine tooth and the first incisor on each side. We were able to move the canine teeth to allow better fit of the lower canine tooth when the mouth was closed.
Upon initial evaluation this dog looked like she had dental tartar. A closer look, probing and radiographs showed she had a slab fracture which is a painful condition. The tooth was extracted. This is a perfect example of why regular dentistry is important even if there is 'just some tartar'.
This tooth had a cusp fracture. Unfortunately it was a deep fracture exposing the pulp canal which is the home for the tooth's blood and nerves. The tooth was extraction. Some of these teeth are candidates for root canal therapy (RCT). We refer to dental specialists for RCT.
This upper 4th premolar is also fractured. Notice the pink lesion above it. The tooth had abscessed and was draining into the mouth. This was not obvious on cursory exam of the mouth. The picture on the right shows a better picture of how the tooth was fractured.
This puppy's canine teeth are 'base narrow'. The lower canine teeth are too close to the center of the mouth. He has a malocclusion that causes him pain if he tries to fully close his mouth. The picture below shows where the teeth were puncturing the roof of his mouth.
If anyone ever corrected this puppy by forcing his mouth closed would have caused him severe pain and likely could have made him fearful and a fear biter.
The lower canine teeth were extracted. Extracting these teeth can allow the puppy's mouth to grow properly as the puppy grows and can allow the adult canine teeth to erupt into the normal position