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7299 West U.S. Highway 52

New Palestine, Indiana 46163

P: 317-623-5019     F: 317-623-5025

Lucky Chuck!

Four of "Chuck's" lower incisors were also very loose and required extraction. 

The photo to the left was taken while "Chuck" was laying on his back to show his lower arcade. Note the crowding of the incisor teeth.

This tooth crowding likely helped bacteria and calculus track down to the tooth roots and resulted in loosening of the teeth. 

​The pre-surgical dental radiograph to the right revealed a weakened jaw bone due to inflammation and infection around the incisors. You can also see the unerupted premolar tooth laying sideways under the gums and the dentigerous cyst surrounding it (the far right red arrow)!

The lower four central incisors were extracted and the post-surgical dental radiograph can be seen to the lower left. This radiograph confirms that no roots nor tooth fragments were left behind!

​As with every dental cleaning, we will continue to monitor "Chuck's" teeth and oral health at future dental cleanings, at least once yearly.

More of "Chuck's" full mouth radiographs can be seen below! 

Case Studies: "Chuck's" First Dental Cleaning, Continued

You have seen how a routine dental cleaning greatly helped "Chuck"! 

The American Veterinary Dental College recommends that dogs and cats have dental cleanings at least once yearly to quickly diagnose and treat dental disease!

Need to request a visit for your furry best friend? Visit ourAppointment Requestpage or call The Vet's Care Team at 317-623-5019!

Think Your Furry Friend Needs A Dental Cleaning?

"Chuck's" case is a perfect example of a pet's teeth appearing very normal and healthy at home, while having unknown, sinister dental disease that has not yet started to cause clinical symptoms at home! 

Since he is very young, "Chuck" had only mild dental calculus on his teeth, a retained puppy tooth, and tooth crowding- the portions of dental disease that we could see with the naked eye on general, awake examination. 

Overall, "Chuck" was lucky to have dental radiographs taken with his dental cleaning to find the more serious disease hiding just under the surface. 

If his unerupted premolar tooth, retained puppy tooth, and tooth crowding were not addressed, it would have progressed to cause pain, infection, neighboring tooth loss, and perhaps even a nasal abscess and jaw fracture! 

"Chuck" was back to normal the next day and has not skipped a beat with his eating, playing, and normal activity!

"Chuck" is one happy Pug!