Management of generalized gingival enlargement in a dog--case report and literature review

J Vet Dent. 2005 Sep;22(3):160-9. doi: 10.1177/089875640502200303.


The present report describes treatment of a dog with generalized gingival enlargement and serves as a review of etiology and treatment options for this condition. The combined use of scalpel blade, electrosurgical equipment, and a 12-fluted bur on a high-speed handpiece with water irrigation allowed for accurate excision of excess gingival tissue and contouring of remaining gingiva. Surgery coupled with professional dental cleaning/periodontal therapy can decrease the recurrence of this condition. In addition, home oral hygiene is an important component of the treatment plan. The history of patients with gingival enlargement should be reviewed carefully, including drug history and previous medical conditions, in an attempt to elucidate a specific cause and thus allow for greater long-term success.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dental Instruments / veterinary
  • Dog Diseases / etiology*
  • Dog Diseases / surgery*
  • Dog Diseases / therapy
  • Dogs
  • Electrocoagulation / instrumentation
  • Electrocoagulation / veterinary
  • Gingival Hyperplasia / etiology
  • Gingival Hyperplasia / surgery
  • Gingival Hyperplasia / veterinary*
  • Male
  • Oral Hygiene / veterinary