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Dentigerous Cyst

“Every tooth forms inside of a “dental sac.” As part of the eruption process, the dental sac makes fluid, the acceleration of which creates an outward expansion, which pushes bone aside. It helps the tooth to the dorsal alveolar ridge and erupt once the tooth has erupted the dental sac breaks down and disappears. Failure of the tooth to form normally, displacement from its proper position, or an impediment to eruption can result in continuous fluid production into the dental sac, and a radiolucent defect within the alveolar bone develops. It is known as a dentigerous cyst. The cyst can be very expansive and damage neighbouring teeth. Surgical excision with curettage to remove the cyst lining is curative.”

As described by Judy Rochette, DVM, who is a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and a diplomat of the American Veterinary Dental College.

If your pet is brought in to Hillcrest Animal Hospital for a spay or neuter, we will always count the teeth to ensure all have erupted. If there are missing teeth, we will contact you to do a dental radiograph to ensure the tooth is in fact, missing. If it is present under the gumline, we will recommend removing the unerupted tooth thereby preventing a dentigerous cyst from damaging other teeth in the jaw, weakening the jaw or even breaking the jaw in the future.

Written by: Darlene Cannon, RVT

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Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Hillcrest Animal Hospital