Pet Tooth Restorations (Fillings)

The most common reasons for restorations in dogs are tooth fractures, enamel hypoplasia, and cavities. Treating tooth defects in pets is very similar to treating cavities in you and I. We utilize only non-toxic, esthetic filling materials.  The most common one is called composite which is basically a reinforced plastic which is approximately the same color as the tooth.

The most common reasons for restorations in dogs are tooth fractures, enamel hypoplasia, and cavities. Treating tooth defects in pets is very similar to treating cavities in you and I. We utilize only non-toxic, esthetic filling materials.  The most common one is called composite which is basically a reinforced plastic which is approximately the same color as the tooth.

First, a dental radiograph is exposed to determine the extent of the defect and if there is root canal involvement. If there is root canal involvement, then a root canal procedure is necessary prior to restoration.  Alternatively the tooth could be extracted.   

Next, all the diseased tooth structure is removed using a high-speed dental bur (drill).  During this procedure, the defect is shaped (prepared) to accept the restoration (filling).

Once it is confirmed that all diseased tooth structure is removed and the defect is properly shaped, a filling is placed in the defect. The new materials are hardened (cured) by an intenss visible (blue) light in less than 1 minute.  This decreases anesthesia time, but also allows the pet to use the tooth almost immediately. 

Finally, the restoration is finished by making the restoration conform to natural anatomy and smoothing the restoration to decrease plaque retention and subsequent periodontal (gum) disease.  Ideally, the tooth is returned to its natural shape and appearance.

If the damage is severe, a crown may be recommended.

 

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