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Bottlenose Dolphins

Acute palatal abscess.

View once the acute infection had subsided. No pulp exposure is visible on the teeth.

Extra-oral radiography of the area demonstrates a periapical absess, irregular and dilated apical foramen. The cause of the abscess was almost certainly through blunt trauma devitalising the pulp tissues. The extraction of infected dolphin teeth is always the treatment of choice. Endodontic therapy is neither advisable or practical.

Fractured tooth with pulp exposure.

The extractions of these infected teeth is not easy as they frequently have thin, immature walls to their roots.

Extracted teeth demonstrating apical granulomas.

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