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. Fall 2015;32(3):148-54.
doi: 10.1177/089875641503200301.

Assessment of 68 Prosthodontic Crowns in 41 Pet and Working Dogs (2000-2012)

Assessment of 68 Prosthodontic Crowns in 41 Pet and Working Dogs (2000-2012)

Lisa Fink et al. J Vet Dent. .


A search of the medical and dental records at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania was conducted to identify dogs that received full or partial prosthodontic crowns over a 13-year period (2000-2012). Forty-one dogs with a total of 68 prosthodontic crowns were identified. Further criteria for acceptance into the study included presence of complete medical records containing adequate information pertaining to the procedures performed, and current follow-up either by telephone, electronic mail, or via in-person examination. Treatment was considered to be successful when the prosthodontic crown was in place and there was no further structural injury to the tooth upon making contact with the client or at the time of death of the dog confirmed by the client. The mean number of days the prosthodontic crowns remained in place without further injury to the tooth was 1,598 (range, 161-4, 464 days [median, 1,414 days], standard deviation 1,093 days). Bond failure between the cement and the tooth or the cement and the prosthodontic crown occurred in 3 cases (4.4%). Fracture of the prosthodontically treated tooth occurred in an additional 7 cases (10.3%). Treatment was classified as successful in 58 cases (85.3%). The results suggest that prosthodontic crown therapy is a successful, practical, and durable treatment option for protection of previously injured teeth in pet and working dogs.

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