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Tooth trauma- What is it and how to avoid it
Pet tooth anatomy—this is similar to our own teeth is discussed here to make it easy to understand which parts are affected by disease and how we can protect it from trauma.
The crown of the tooth is made up of three parts: enamel, dentin and pulp. Enamel is the hard, protective layer that needs protecting as best we can. Dentin lies beneath the enamel and is made of tubules with nerve endings that radiate out from the pulp. The pulp is highly sensitive and contains blood vessels and nerves. Damage to any of these components is something that will need to be checked. Tooth trauma may result in wear, discolouration or a broken tooth.
Wear to teeth happens when there is repetitive abrasion such as tooth to tooth contact if the teeth are not well aligned, chewing on things like kennel bars, grinding on hard bones or stones or a lot of play with a tennis ball (it’s the fluffy felt that holds grit that causes wear). We need to keep an eye on wear to make sure it doesn't become sensitive and obviously reduce it where we can.
Pink, grey or purple teeth indicate that the pulp has been irreversibly damaged, and a vet will need to check if treatment is required to alleviate pain in these cases.
Fractured teeth result from sudden trauma to the tooth. These fractures may just involve the enamel, the enamel and dentin or all three layers including the pulp. If the pulp is exposed the tooth will be extremely painful and will need urgent treatment.
We cannot prevent all trauma to our pets teeth, but we can reduce the risk by never throwing stones, using rubber balls to avoid abrasion and taking care if feeding bones.
All information given is backed by the British Veterinary Dental Association and the American Veterinary Dental Society.Image taken from http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/pregastric/dentalanat.html Back To List