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Incisor teeth: extraction

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

Introduction

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

Print off the owner factsheetCaring for your rabbit before and after surgery  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.

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 Nurse.Winter. 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.
  • Brown S A (1992) Surgical removal of incisors in the rabbit. J Small Anim Exotic Med 1, 150-153.

Other sources of information

  • Redrobe S (2000) Surgical Procedures and Dental Disorders. In:Manual of Rabbit Medicine and Surgery. Ed: Flecknell P A. BSAVA, Cheltenham.
  • Gorrel E C (1997) Humane Dentistry. JSAP 38, 31 (Letter).
  • Gorrel E C (1996) Teeth Trimming in Rabbits and Rodents. Vet Rec 139, 528 (Letter).
  • Crossley D A (1995) Dental Disease in Rabbits. Vet Rec 13, 384 (Letter).


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