Carnassial tooth-root abscess
The canine carnassial tooth (4th premolar) is the largest tooth in the upper jaw of the dog.
Abscesses of this tooth are relatively common due to the intense shear forces applied to this tooth when chewing bones. predisposition is observed in older dogs with chronic periodontitis.
Oral examinations are frequently unrewarding and radiographs are required for a definitive diagnosis.
- Neuman NB et al (1974) Chronic ocular discharge associated with a carnassial tooth abscess. Can Vet J 15(4):128