Five case studies- Case 1
Five case studies that highlight the importance of timely veterinary dental referrals.
|We all have those moments in our practice when we think we may have gotten in over our heads. When that happens, referral is the best option to avoid patient discomfort or complications from neglecting to resolve the problem.
Here are five of many cases I’ve seen as a dental specialist. All but the first one—a mandibular canine extraction attempt that resulted in a rostral mandibular fracture—failed to refer at the time of the mishap.
Case 1: Rostral mandibular fracture
Mandibular canine teeth are particularly challenging because of the density of cortical bone and the inability to extend bone removal to the apical extent of the tooth. Figure 1A demonstrates a rostral mandibular fracture secondary to an attempt to extract a partially erupted canine tooth. The referral was correctly sought at the time of fracture.