A tooth trauma may be described damaged to the tooth's enamel, dentine or in severe cases, the pulp. These conditions can be extremely painful as the pulp and the dentine are described as being highly sensitive parts of the tooth so being exposed allows the to be stimulated painful in everyday life as the pulp and dentine contain a lot of nerves. Tooth Trauma results in wear to the tooth which can causes many more serious conditions.
An animals reluctance to eat can be an indicator to many oral conditions but especially Tooth Trauma. An animal will show signs of obvious discomfort. In the early stages a Tooth Trauma can be seem by the slight discoloration of the tooth.
Tooth Traumas can be caused by accidents which results in physical injury to the animal, for example car accidents which could damage the jaw of a dog can could also cause a Tooth Trauma. It has also been noted that inappropriate diet and food consistencies can cause it along with inappropriate play or chewing, for example chewing at the material of a kennel or prolonged play with tennis balls.
In the early stages treatment is not so vigorous as often all that is required is a protective layer going over the teeth to prevent further damage. In the later stages if the pulp is exposed than treatment is absolutely necessary, the tooth either needs endodontic (root canal) treatment or extraction and should never be ignored.
As Tooth Trauma can be caused by accidents that result in physical injury, prevention can be hard and general caution is exercised. For example Dogs that have a habit of trying to chew through bars or kennels should be monitored. Also feeding your dogs bones and different food types should be cautioned as if they are not suitable for a dog or vary largely from previous pickings then that may result in damage to the dogs teeth which is a very painful condition for the dog.
Another useful thing is to closely examine the animals teeth on a frequent basis. This allows you to notice disease earlier on which means a more effective treatment, regular visits to veterinary centers for oral examinations will help also. Even something as simple as brushing your animals teeth a few times will greatly cut the risk.