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Intraoral films: 7 compelling reasons for every dental patient


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Photo 6b: Right mandibular cheek teeth missing first premolar.

Photo 6c: Radiograph revealing rostrally deviated impacted first premolar.













Photo 6a: Max
Reason 6: Max, an 8-month-old Brussels Griffon, presented for neutering. Physical examination under anesthesia revealed a clinically missing right mandibular first premolar. Intraoral radiographs revealed a rostrally impacted first premolar. To avoid a future dentigerous cyst and periodontal disease, the tooth was extracted via flap exposure (Photos 6a, 6b and 6c).








Photo 7a: Buddy
Reason 7: Buddy, an 8-year-old cat, presented for an oral ATP visit. Physical examination showed minimal inflammation surrounding the left mandibular third premolar. Intraoral radiographs revealed marked internal and external resorption. The tooth was extracted via flap exposure (Photos 7a, 7b and 7c).






Photo 7b: Left mandibular cheek teeth.

Photo 7c: Radiograph revealing marked internal and external resorption.













Dr. Bellows
Dr. Bellows owns Hometown Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic in Weston, Florida. He is a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He can be reached at (954) 349-5800; e-mail:
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