34 Multiple tooth and jaw fracture
The dog was a working police dog that had started to hesitate during bite work a few months earlier. During bite work he firstly seemed worried about having to bite and then he would not hold on to the sleeve. He had been taken off training several times due to anxiety and hesitation.
His own veterinarian identified several fractured teeth on conscious examination and referred the case to us. There was no history of any previous oral or dental problems.
The handler reported that the dog was an obsessive cage biter and was certain that the teeth had been fractured for at least a year, i.e. this was not a new injury, but his bite work had been fine until a few months ago.
ORAL EXAMINATION – CONSCIOUS
An extremely well-behaved dog that allowed careful examination, which revealed the following:
ORAL EXAMINATION – UNDER GENERAL ANAESTHETIC
A thorough oral and dental examination was performed, including investigating periodontal parameters. All findings were noted on the dental record sheet.
In summary, examination under general anaesthesia identified the following:
Figure 34.1 Oblique lateral photograph of the rostral right upper jaw. Note the complicated crown fracture of 103 and 104, and the discoloured 102.
Figure 34.2 Photographs and radiographs centring on 203.
Radiographs were taken of 102 (discoloured), 103 (CCF), 104 (CCF), 203 (CCF), 204 (contralateral healthy), 105 (UCF) and 107 (UCF), as well as of the 405 and 308 regions (where the teeth were missing).