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Annual Exams Are Important
O ral tumors ( Benign and Malignant ) are not uncommon in dogs and cats. Factors that will dictate the treatment options are:
Surgical biopsy, radiographs, and CT scans can give insight into the destructive properties and prognosis of the tumor.
"Topsy," a one year old feline tabby, was referred to our dental practice for evaluation and surgical removal of an oral mass. The referring veterinary practice completed a tissue biopsy and a diagnosis of ameloblastoma was confirmed. This type of tumor is usually benign, however it can be locally invasive and highly destructive.
After the initial pre-surgical workup was complete, a detailed oral exam was done under a general anesthetic. Our treament plan consisted of:
Complete radiographic evaluation
1.Resorption / embedded tooth. 2.D/V view ameloblastoma
Surgical removal of all involved teeth
Gingival (Gum tissue) elevation , careful removal of all affected bone and surrounding tissue.
G/ elevation : High speed water cooled drill.
Care should be taken to incorporate wide margins and not enter the nasal chamber.
Complete removal of tumor, affected bone, and surrounding tissue.
Tissue apposition / Intra nasal catheter.
At "Topsy's" two month recheck he appeared very comfortable. Complete excision of a this type of tumor will reduce the chances of reoccurrence. "Topsy" continues to do well.
Two months Post Op.