Veterinary Dental Center

Zoo Dentistry


Zoo animals have many of the same dental conditions we do. They suffer from orthodontic abnormalities, gingivitis, fractured teeth, periodontal bone loss, oral tumors and painful cavities. Fortunately, these conditions are treatable using similar techniques and materials found in human and veterinary dentistry. The goal of treatment is to relieve pain, infection and improve patient comfort. We perform procedures on zoo or captive wild animals at the University of Illinois and Brookfield Zoo. We also provide services nationally and internationally through the Peter Emily International Dental Foundation.

Feline Dentistry
Oral examination of a 7-year-old
African Lion with a tooth fracture

 

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Pulp exposure of the Lion’s fractured tooth Intraoral photograph after root canal therapy
and permanent restoration (filling).

 

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Dental radiograph of a fractured tooth of a 13-year-old Amur Tiger Root canal therapy of the fractured tooth

 

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Endodontic file used to clean canal of a snow leopard Intraoral photograph of the Snow Leopard’s tooth after root canal therapy and permanent restoration.
Feline Dentistry
One of three baboons treated for tooth fractures with root canal therapy

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