VICUNA

Vicuna incisors

 

There is positive histological evidence that demonstrates that the incisor teeth of vicunas do not fall in the elodont group of dentitions. But these teeth do demonstrate a long period of development, almost certainly due to the fibrous and abrasive nature of their natural diet at high altitude. When they are fed a diet alien to their natural habitat the teeth will wear at a slower rate allowing them to become overgrown that can hinder the prehension of food. Amputation of the teeth can cause pulp exposures which will contribute to pulp necrosis if untreated. Therefore it is important to address any insult to the pulp tissues with a well executed pulp therapy procedure to ensure pulp health and vitality to prevent pulp necrosis and eventual loss of these important teeth.

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