Savior for Hopeless Teeth

Periodontal disease is the most common of all small animal problems. Most dogs and cats over five years old will develop gum disease and bone loss around teeth. Unless you have been thoroughly brushing your pet's teeth daily from birth, this problem will affect your pet. Even so, some may ask why a few loose teeth represent such a big deal. Why concern ourselves with periodontal disease?

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Bone loss exposing root of lower
first molar

The area where tooth meets the gum accumulates plaque daily. Plaque is an accumulation of bacteria. Unless teeth are brushed daily to remove plaque, mineral rich calculus develops over plaque, which allowing bacteria to reproduce under the gumline, causing infection and bone loss. Such infections often spread into the blood stream and on to the kidneys and heart valves. According to a study by Louisiana School of Veterinary Medicine, dental disease is a leading cause of kidney failure in dogs and cats.

Unfortunately, bacterial by-products destroy the tooth support resulting in mobile teeth.  In the past, loose teeth were extracted due to the body's inability to rebuild bone and ligament support. Now there is a way to save many of the teeth that were termed hopeless -- Consil.

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Consil used to help treat
periodontal disease, root is no
longer exposed

Consil is a synthetic bioactive ceramic material, which bonds to bone as well as soft tissue, and can even regenerate bone in periodontal pockets.  It has been available as Bioglass for human periodontal care, and has recently been approved for use in companion animals as Consil (Nutramax Laboratories: Baltimore). The material is used to pack the bone loss area, it does not migrate from the surgical site, and allows new bone and periodontal ligament to form. To apply Consil the veterinarian exposes the pocket via flap surgery, applies Consil, and sutures the site closed.

As with other periodontal procedures, daily tooth brushing is advised. Thanks to Consil many more dogs and cats will be able to save their teeth and smile.


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Jan Bellows, DVM
All Pets Dental Clinic
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Weston, FL 33326
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