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Fractured 4th premolar (Carnassial) tooth with tartar
4th Pre-Molar Slab Fracture Removal © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM

4th Pre-Molar Slab Fracture Removal

© Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
The 4th premolar tooth (also known as the Carnassial tooth) is the largest tooth in the dog's mouth. It is located midway between the nose and the angle of the jaw. This is the main "chomping" tooth used for grinding up food. Dogs that like to chew may fracture the exterior part of this tooth, known as a slab fracture.

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.

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