Our blog, authored by Jennifer Mathis, DVM, CVPP, delves into various veterinary dentistry and oral health cases. Each case summary offers detailed insights into different conditions, surgical techniques, and dental health management, providing a comprehensive view of veterinary case studies in animal dental care.

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Root Canal Therapy (RCT) Case #2

Case Summary: In this case study, we delve into the intricate treatment of a complicated crown fracture in a canine tooth, where the pulp is exposed, causing considerable discomfort for the animal. Such fractures often result from chewing on hard...

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Root Canal Therapy (RCT)

Case Summary: Most discolored (non-vital) teeth are essentially dead, their discoloration resulting from the breakdown of pulp contents leaching into...

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Stomatitis

Case Summary: Stomatitis refers to widespread inflammation of the mucous lining of the mouth's structures, often associated with an underlying immune...

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Bilateral Mandibulectomy - Fractures

Case Summary: As noted in other posts, removing or shortening the mandibles can be a needed procedure. Most patients are more comfortable and can...

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Rostral Mandibulectomy - Genetic disorder

Case Summary: Removing or shortening the mandibles can be helpful. Most patients are more comfortable and can have a relatively cosmetic outcome. As...

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Jennifer Mathis, DVM, CVPP

Dr. Jen Mathis is a third-generation veterinarian. Many people have taught her over the years, thus she finds joy in helping teach others giving back to those that have helped her in the profession. Some of her teaching is found in the Imaging, Pain Management, and Dental Home Care chapters of the 5 Minute Consult – Dentistry textbook edited by Dr. Heidi Lobprise. Dr. Mathis owns two small general practices in the Des Moines, Iowa area. Since completing her residency in veterinary dentistry she only provides oral surgical and dental procedures to referral patients as a separate department within one of the general practices.  To her, veterinary dentistry is viewed as the arts and crafts of veterinary medicine.  Veterinary dentistry is not only cleaning teeth, it requires skill with anesthetic planning, pain management, maxillofacial surgery, non invasive fracture repair, orthodontics, endodontics (root canal therapy), prosthodontics (crowns), restorations, periodontal flap therapy and guided tissue regeneration. Prior to formal dentistry training, she became a certified veterinary medical acupuncturist and a certified veterinary pain practitioner with the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.  Treating the mouth is treating/preventing pain.