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The Veterinary Dentist

Equine dentistry

Horses’ cheek teeth grow at about 3mm per year and wear at about the same rate. However, because of the normal wear patterns the upper cheek teeth develop sharp edges facing the cheeks, while the lower cheek teeth develop sharp edges facing the tongue. To prevent injury to these soft tissues the teeth must be trimmed routinely. For some horses, this means annual routine treatment while others need attention more frequently.

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Veterinary dentistry

Domesticated animals accumulate plaque and calculus on their teeth. Plaque, which is soft, can be brushed off of the teeth, but when it is allowed to accumulate it becomes mineralized to calculus, which is rough and more plaque retentive than the original smooth tooth surface. The plaque results in an inflammatory response known as gingivitis. When plaque has been removed the gums can return to health and assume normal colour rather than redness and bleeding.

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Zoo and Wildlife dentistry

Zoo and wildlife animals are kept in unnatural conditions and they often develop dental and oral conditions that require treatment.

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These magnificent marine mammals have up to 25-28 teeth in each jaw
which means they have a total of 100-112 teeth. All of the teeth have
the same shape, although the first and last teeth in each row are
somewhat smaller than the rest. Dolphins often play with toys to keep
themselves amused but these toys may be abrasive leading to excessive
wear of the teeth. The dolphin in the video had exposed the living
part of many of her teeth while playing with toys, and over time the
teeth died. Some teeth had the equivalent or root abscesses and were
extracted while others had dead pulps but could be salvaged using root
canal treatment. A number of teeth have been successfully treated and
others are undergoing treatment.

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Red Panda

Red Panda’s like their Giant black and white namesakes are indigenous to China, where their diet is mainly bamboo. These animals have been known to develop tooth decay especially when part of the diet provided adheres to the teeth surface where it ferments forming acid. This acid damages the enamel on the tooth surface enabling bacteria to enter the dentine causing more damage. When seen early enough in the progression of the disease, the decayed material can be removed and a dental filling placed to protect the rest of the tooth. Cedric has experienced treating a Red Panda to clean the “caries” on its tooth surfaces and place fillings. How incredibly amazing is it to have the opportunity to work on such special animals! Follow Cedric’s adventures to know more about the wild animals he helps.

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Teaching in practice

One of Cedric Tutt’s aims is to upskill colleagues in veterinary
dentistry, oral surgery and related topics. This can be undertaken
within the practice where the colleagues work and takes the form of
lectures and practical skill development. Ideally the equipment
required will already be available at the practice, however in the
event that the practice is not equipped, a supply company can be
requested to provide equipment for the training workshops.

Teaching at congresses

Cedric attends international congresses annually and is invited to
teach by international veterinary associations at their local
congresses. This often includes delivery of lectures and tuition at
practical workshops. Once again, equipment is usually provided for
veterinarians to use at the workshops so that that can develop
appropriate skills.

Teaching at learning institutions

From time-to-time, Cedric delivers lectures to undergraduate
veterinary students and veterinary physiotherapy students. These
lectures often make up part of the undergraduate curriculum and the
students may be examined on the material provided. Where possible,
practical workshops are also provided.

Appointment Booking

To book an appointment, contact us by email or call:

  • For Cape Town: +27 21 674 0034
  • For Hong Kong: +852 2865 4320
  • For Kuala Lumpur: +60 3404 35113

We travel all around the world, so please don’t hesitate to contact us wherever you are!

Current work

Believe it or not, last week, we saved a bear. How cool is that to be a dentist? Thank you to the amazing team who put so much effort in saving that incredible animal.


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