False teeth for dogs
In some of the previous article, I wrote about toothpaste for dogs and there I mention how important is to brush your dog’s teeth. Our friend also can have a dental problem like we, some of them can be very serious.
Can a dog get “fake” teeth?
Yes, they can have false teeth. There are many vet clinics out there that do it. The very first fitting of false teeth in dogs has been reported in 1938 in the US and last 10 or so years that become more and more popular trend. Many veterinary dentists feel that dental implants in pets can offer the same benefits that they do in humans. Others are more skeptical. This may be due to the fact that dogs may have difficulties adapting to the false teeth and there may also be accidents that are caused by the dog swallowing the false teeth.
Dogs have 42 teeth in total and they can live without few comfortable
Dogs are affected by teeth and gum problems from early ages (i.e. 3 to 5) and many times, the solution is tooth extraction. A gum disease may also cause tooth loss. Also, there are many examples that dog broke a tooth.
False teeth for dogs can be fitted in dogs that have several missing teeth. If you decide to get false teeth, these will be expensive as there are only a few vets and dental technicians that specialize in false teeth. Your vet may recommend changing the type of food you give to your dog and will monitor his overall health closely to see if there are no health problems that are related to poor dental health. The main potential benefit of pet dental implants is the prevention of jaw bone loss. Bone shrinks in all directions from the space left by lost teeth. If multiple teeth are lost in one area of the jaw, bone loss can be large. The authors quote an advocate of pet dental implants that claims bone “continues to shrink until it reaches a level equal to when the animal was a pup or kitten, resulting in a weakened jaw.” There are no studies to confirm such dramatic bone shrinkage.
Dental implants require multiple episodes of general anesthesia. Although veterinary anesthesia has advanced, it is not without potential risks. This is especially true for older animals that are the most likely patients for these procedures.
Implant success is dependent on routine dental care. Failure to brush daily increases the risk of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the most common reason for dental implant failure in humans. Dental care in pets tends to be occasional rather than routine. This increases the risk of implant failure in pets.
“American police dogs are being equipped with a new weapon I the fight against crime: titanium false teeth designed to improve their bite and their grip on anyone trying to escape the law.”