Root Canal for Dogs
Did you know that at Riverview Animal Hospital we do endodontics? What does that mean?
We are happy to let you know that we now offer Advanced Dental Care for your pet. Endodontic techniques are used when your dog has had a major injury to their tooth. Historically, these teeth have had to be removed. However, now there are options to save your dogs teeth through procedures such as root canals and partial pulpotomy. Repairing teeth instead of removing them is an excellent option for your beloved dog.
Sophisticated dental care at Riverview Animal Hospital
The option of repairing a tooth is often overlooked, but much like an orthopedic fracture, dental fractures, if caught in time, can be repaired and normal function restored without removal.
This procedure involves coring out the entire pulp cavity as well as shaving off some of the dentine from the inner surface of the tooth. The tooth is then backfilled to provided a solid core and then capped in much the same way that the partial pulpotomy would be capped. Again, if done correctly this procedure can easily last the lifetime of the pet. Choosing a root canal over a partial pulpotomy is often a judgement call based on the type of fracture, the duration since the trauma, the likelihood of further trauma, and the patient’s age.
Vital Pulp Therapy
A procedure also known as a Partial Pulpotomy is best performed in the first 2-3 weeks following a traumatic event. This window is critical because in this time the pulpitis has not penetrated the pulp cavity more than 5mm. The partial pulpotomy procedure cores out the top 5-7mm of pulp and effectively seals the top of the tooth again preventing further bacterial penetration. This procedure is commonly done in human dentistry where a tooth has been broken. It’s most frequent application is in teenagers and young adults who have large pulp cavities. In humans, the greatest success is seen where treatments are applied shortly following the injury. In people, a partial pulpotomy can last for many years. When correctly applied in veterinary application, it will easily last the lifetime of the pet.
To book a consultation for your pet, please give us a call at 506.387.4015