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.

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Not only can these teeth be in the same spot, but the primary concerns are secondary alignment issues causing a painful bite, periodontal disease due to crowding, or unseen retained roots that do not dissolve and instead create eye or nose issues.

The teeth may not seem so large –

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But below the gumline the roots are very long –

 

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If roots break, they have risk of causing eye and nasal issues. I was once told that broken roots will be resorbed by the body. This happens much less frequently than veterinarians as a whole think it does. As an example, if your eye always watered because a tooth piece under the gumline was not taken care of properly, you would be happy to know the problem could be resolved. The first step is taking full mouth intraoral x-rays.

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