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Fractured Teeth

Fractured Teeth
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Teeth can fracture just like bones. If there is exposure to the sensitive pulp of the tooth this can be extremely painful for our animals, and as such will create a reluctance for them to eat.


Most fractures in teeth are traumatic in nature, although sometimes there can be other underlying causes. For example, older animals and those with periodontal disease are seen to have a greater incidence of fractures. Also animals which play / chew hard objects e.g. stones, cricket balls etc.

Clinical Signs

The most common presenting sign to look out for is reluctance to eat on one side, or at all. You may notice part of a tooth missing, or may just appear abnormal. Occasionally there is bleeding if the fracture is deeper than the superficial enamel. However, more often than not there is no bleeding, as there are no blood vessels in the enamel section of the tooth.


The best course of treatment is pain relief, and depending on how long the facture has been present antibiotics may be required due to the bacterial load of the mouth. Followed by tooth extraction under general anaesthetic to remove the source of the discomfort.


These are very difficult to prevent, as most are traumatic and acute in nature. Keeping the mouth as clean as possible and preventing periodontal disease is a good start. Also, preventing pets from chewing on hard objects, if at all possible.