This is a step-by-step look at the removal of a fractured, tartar-covered 4th premolar tooth in a 4.5 year old Corgi. In this photo, the tooth slab fracture is examined with a dental pick in the anesthetized patient. The bottom of the tooth was been broken off some time ago, as evidenced by the dark brown center of the pulp cavity.
The patient was fully anesthetized throughout the procedure and recovered fully and uneventfully. Pain medications and antibiotics were administered during the procedure. The patient was discharged with pain medications and antibiotics to continue at home.
Warning: the following photos are not for the squeamish. The photos are intra-op closeups of oral surgery; there is blood in some views. View at your own discretion.