DVM Ana Nemec

March 2, 2019

Missing tooth! Why do we need to recommend dental radiographs?

In dogs, we may find that permanent teeth are missing on the oral examination and most often this is an incidental finding. However, this is an important finding, as it may cause problems to the animal. Therefore, complete oral examination and dental radiographs under general anaesthesia are recommended to determine the nature of the problem. Congenitally missing teeth cause no clinical problem to the animal and the reason for a missing tooth is mostly unknown, but may be hereditary. Dental radiographs are needed to confirm the true absence of the teeth (Fig. 1). The tooth can also be missing if […]