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Developmental Conditions

Occasionally we see congenital or genetic dental conditions such as invagination folds of enamel or malocclusion in large felids.

The enamel defects allow bacterial invasion of the pulp chambers and eventually cause pulp necrosis at a relatively early age and associated abscess intra and extra-orally. The only treatment possible is extraction of the tooth or teeth in question.

Developmental Conditions

Mandibular abscess caused by pulp necrosis. (Asiatic Lion)

Developmental Conditions

The enamel invaginations in the permanent mandibular canine causing the congenital pulp exposure and abscess in the previous photograph. (Asiatic Lion)

Developmental Conditions

Malocclusion causing food packing. (African Lion)

Developmental Conditions

Palatal trauma caused by malocclusion. (Amur Tiger)

Developmental Conditions

Periapical abscess caused by congenital enamel invaginations. (Asiatic Lion)

Developmental Conditions

Malocclusion with the lower canine traumatising the palate. (Asiatic Lion)

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