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Didja know time!! Didja know that as you get older the pulp cavity (soft center of the tooth where the vessels and nerves live) gets more narrow? This is Hailey, and her dental X-rays told some interesting stories to us today. Have you ever hit your tooth on something? One of Hailey’s upper incisors (small front “smiling” teeth) was hit hard enough (this often happens as a dog is playing and runs into some furniture or another dog) when she was younger that the tooth died. The size of the pulp cavity for that tooth stopped getting more narrow and the tooth discolored slightly. The teeth on both sides of it were fine and continued to age normally. The X-rays helped us to know that this tooth was going to be a source of pain and infection for her if we didn’t remove it. Also, one of her premolars (big tearing teeth on the side) had a small fracture in the crown. From the outside we could see the fracture but couldn’t tell if it was deep enough to involve the pulp cavity or if it was just a cosmetic concern. Her X-ray showed us the pulp cavity was exposed (arrow) and infection had moved through the tooth to the tooth root (circle) and caused bone loss and a small abscess in that area. By removing the tooth and cleaning out that area of the bone, we were able to treat the infection and prevent further problems that could spread to the surrounding teeth. Hailey was a total rockstar today - she recovered quickly (this pic of her with her tongue out was shortly after recovery, shared with her momma’s permission) and we hope she is feeling great soon!!