Small Animal Dentistry by Paul Q. Mitchell, D.V.M., D.A.V.D.C (Auth.)

By Paul Q. Mitchell, D.V.M., D.A.V.D.C (Auth.)

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Intraoral radiography may also be used to get a highly detailed image of the nasal passages in the workup of chronic rhinitis or sinusitis. Many practitioners find these dental films useful for imaging puppy and kitten paws, animal tails, and exotic animals as well. 58 Intraoral Radiology Root tip Figure 3-10 An intraoral radiograph of the left mandible of a dog. This dog had severe periodontal disease and had multiple extractions. The mesial root of the left mandibular second molar tooth fractured during extraction and this is the intraoperative view.

24 Anatomy and the Oral Exam Supragingival Tartar and Plaque Ultraviolet light shown on the teeth in a darkened exam room may clearly reveal deposits of tartar and plaque through fluorescence of the porphyrins of the oral bacteria. Mucosa The mucosa should be examined for redness, swelling, or discharge. The buccal mucosa that contacts the maxillary teeth should be examined closely for ulcerations, known as kissing lesions. Missing Teeth The teeth should be counted, and all missing teeth should be accounted for through previous extraction or previous radiographic survey.

15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Anatomy and the Oral Exam Oral foreign body (Figure 2-9). Oral neoplasia and gingival hyperplasia. Oral fracture and trauma. Oronasal and oroantral fistulae. Deep palatal pockets associated with maxillary canine teeth. Carnassial tooth root abscess and associated suborbital swelling. Endodontic vs. periodontal abscesses with mucosal or gingival fistulation. Lip fold dermatitis. Enamel hypoplasia or hypocalcification. Attrition and reparative (tertiary) dentin. Salivary mucocele or ranula.

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