PSA: Stress in a crate isn't just damaging for a dog's mental health, it can also be very damaging for teeth! 🦷😩... We've talked about this before, but unfortunately see a lot of dogs with severe abrasion/wear to the back of their canines from chewing on a cage door or fence. While most dogs tolerate crating well (and some even love their quiet space), those who don't need to be trained or alternatives need to be explored to avoid damage to their teeth (and to avoid stress!). We recommend talking to your local behaviorist if you are experiencing this issue with your dog. This amount of damage to a canine tooth makes it at risk for fracture. As is the case with most things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! #crateanxiety #cratestress #toothdamage #dogteeth #caninedamage #dogdentistry #veterinarydentistry #toothspecialist #mypetssmile ...

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We had a question recently about intraoral splints after posting a patient who healed beautifully after using one. ... 🔹Intraoral splints are one of the ways that veterinary dentists fix jaw fractures in dogs and cats. ... 🔸If the fracture is in a region of healthy teeth, we can use wire and acrylic material to splint the teeth together and hold the jaw in place. This is a relatively non-invasive way to fix a fracture and it provides a lot of stability for healing. ... 🔹When in place (from 3-8 weeks), dogs are not allowed to chew on anything hard as these can break. Once the jaw has healed the splint is removed and the patient can slowly start chewing again... ... 🔸In the case shown here, the dog was a hunting dog and we really wanted to save the lower jaw, and the splint did just that. ... 🦷 The canine tooth required further treatment in the form of root canal, but the dog went on to have a completely normal bite and dentition. ... 📷Top: Pre photo of the fracture. ... 📷Middle: Wire and sutures in place for first line stability. ... 📷Bottom: Acrylic splint over the suture and wire repair for added stability. 👩‍⚕️We hope you enjoyed this presentation on intraoral splints! #intraoral #intraoralsplint #dentistry #jawfracture #petdentistry #dentalspecialist #allbetter #presentation #themoreyouknow #happybrushing ...

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