The ABCs of Veterinary Dentistry: ‘W’ is for Waiting to Treat

When it comes to dental care, sometimes the best course of action is no action at all.

I can vividly remember back in 1974 when Dr. Wiggins, one of my professors at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, advised us students to wait until a deciduous “double” tooth falls out by itself. Fast forward many years, and I now know that postponing the extraction of persistent primary teeth often causes harm to my patients. Waiting to perform optimum dental care is sometimes the treatment of choice and at other times is a bad idea. This article covers some of those situations where waiting is the best option. A second article will outline conditions for which waiting is just wishful thinking.

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