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Dental Caries in the Dog

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Dental Caries in the Dog

Fraser A Hale. Can Vet J.

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Figure 1
Figure 1
Cross section through the maxillary 1st molar of a dog. The tooth on the left has no occlusal pit and would be resistant to caries. The tooth on the right has a deep occlusal pit and would be anatomically at risk for the development of caries.
Figure 2
Figure 2
The occlusal surface of the left maxillary 1st molar in a dog. Pink liquid has been applied to the crown to highlight the occlusal pits that put this tooth at risk for the development of caries. As this tooth has just erupted and has not yet developed any decay, a Pit and Fissure sealant is indicated to prevent caries development.
Figure 3
Figure 3
A — A caries lesion in the developmental groove of the right upper 4th premolar tooth in a dog. B — The lesion following removal of calculus and necrotic dentin. C — The lesion following restoration with a bonded composite filling material.
Figure 4
Figure 4
A and B — Progression of the development of a caries in the occlusal pit of the maxillary 1st molar from left to right.
Figure 5
Figure 5
A — A caries lesion in the occlusal pit of the left maxillary 1st molar of a dog. B — The lesion following removal of debris and necrotic dentin. C — The lesion restored with a bonded composite filling material.
Figure 6
Figure 6
A — A large caries lesion affecting most of the occlusal table of the left maxillary 1st molar of a dog. Note the remnants of the dog’s most recent meal within the lesion. B — Following removal of the loose debris, the extent of tissue loss is evident. The dark dentin is also necrotic and would need to be removed. This tooth was extracted due to the severity of tissue loss and exposure of the pulp.

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