Dental Diagnosis

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Cat with Calculus, Gingivitis, & Missing Teeth

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC A 7-year-old cat is admitted for routine dental cleaning; however, it has significant calculus and gingivitis, several missing teeth, and a mobile tooth. Can you determine diagnosis and treatment?   A 7-year-old, neutered male cat presented for a routine dental cleaning. Significant calculus and gingivitis were present throughout …

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Recurrent Facial Swelling

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC A dog presents with facial swelling under its left eye and has a history of a premolar extraction. Based on the photo, radiograph, and details from the presentation and case workup, we ask you to tell us the diagnosis. QUESTIONS Figure 1 shows a dog with facial swelling …

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Periodontal Disease of the Mandible

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC This case series provides 3 pages of images, details, and questions, challenging you to diagnose and determine the therapeutic approach you would chose for the patient. For this issue, mandibular periodontal disease is obvious in the initial image, but there is much more to consider before reaching a …

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Case of the Missing Tooth

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC The challenge is to determine the list of differentials, associated therapies, and further diagnostic measures based on an intra-oral image and radiograph of a missing tooth. QUESTION During a routine visit, it is discovered that the patient—a pug—is missing a mandibular first premolar (Figure 1); there is no …

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