We have learned to never ignore a potential sign of dental disease, however subtle.
In Bobby’s case, there was more tartar on the teeth on the left side than there was on the right side of his mouth. This made me concerned that there was some painful problem on the left side that was making Bobby spare the that side of his mouth.
The teeth all looked normal on exam, even after cleaning away the tartar. However x-rays revealed extensive bone loss from an abscess around the root of one of Bobby’s molars (circled in green). This tooth had to be extracted.
Bobby is feeling much better now. His owner was very thankful to us for recommending the dental procedure which allowed us to get rid of a major source of his pain. Bobby is happier and has much more joie de vivre!
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– Dr. Tom Honey