36 Complicated crown fracture of an immature tooth
The dog came back from a run bleeding from the mouth. The owners took the dog to their regular veterinarian, who identified a complicated crown fracture of 404. The dog was given analgesics and referred to us. The dog was seen by us the day after the injury occurred.
A partial pulpectomy and direct pulp capping procedure is indicated for recent tooth crown fractures with pulp exposure in immature teeth. An immature tooth has a thin dentine wall and an open apex, allowing a good blood supply to the pulp. Treatment is aimed at maintaining a viable pulp, as this is needed for continued root development.