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Incisor teeth: extraction

Contributor(s): Richard Saunders, Simon Girling, Susanna Penman, Anna Meredith

Introduction

  • Permanent treatment of maloccluding incisors Dental malocclusion / overgrowth which either fails to respond to repeated attempts at correction, cannot be corrected due to primary/hereditary or secondary to acquired cheek tooth disease etiology, or for clients who are unwilling to pay for repeated tooth shortening with a dental burr.

Print off the Owner Factsheet on Caring for your rabbit before and after surgery to give to your clients.

Uses

  • Removal of loose incisors.
  • Removal of teeth that have deviated beyond repair and therefore have no useful function.

Advantages

  • Should not need to be repeated.
  • Prevents damage and discomfort secondary to malocclusion.
  • Prevents stress of repeated veterinary visits.
  • Reduced cost to client.

Disadvantages

  • If tooth root tip not removed, tooth will regrow, and technique will have to be repeated.
  • Requires patience and knowledge of normal curvature of teeth.
  • Fracture of incisors possibly leaving retained fragments.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Harcourt-Brown F (2009) Dental disease in pet rabbits 1. Normal dentition, pathogenesis and aetiology. In Pract 31 (8), 370-379 VetMedResource.
  • Harcourt-Brown F (2009) Dental disease in pet rabbits 2. Diagnosis and treatment. In Pract 31 (9), 442-445 VetMedResource.
  • Harcourt-Brown F (2009) Dental disease in pet rabbits 3. Jaw abscesses. In Pract 31 (10), 496-505 VetMedResource.
  • Meredith A (2007) Rabbit dentistry. European J Comp Anim Pract 17 (1), 55-62 MediRabbit.
  • Harcourt-Brown F M (1998) Pet rabbits. Part 4. Looking after their teeth. Vet Pract NurseWinter. 4-8.
  • Harcourt-Brown F M (1997) Diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of dental disease in pet rabbits. In Pract 19 (8), 407-421 VetMedResource.
  • Harcourt-Brown F M (1996) Calcium deficiency, diet and dental disease in pet rabbits. Vet Rec 139 (23), 567-571 PubMed.
  • Harcourt-Brown F M (1995) A review of clinical conditions in pet rabbits associated with their teeth. Vet Rec 137 (14), 341-346 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Easson W (2013) Tooth Extraction. In: BSAVA Manual of Rabbit Surgery, Dentistry and Imaging. Eds: Harcourt-Brown F & Chitty J. pp 370-381 ISBN: 978-1-905-31941-0.
  • Capello V (2005) Dental Procedures. In: Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry Handbook. Zoological Education Network, Inc. pp 229-236. ISBN: 0-9706395-1-1.
  • Verstraete F J & Osofsky A (2005) Dentistry in Pet Rabbits. In: Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian. pp 671-684.


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