A 5-year-old Golden Retriever was referred to us because of chronic inflammation in the lower mouth arcade. This had started when the dog was only 5 months old. Three years ago a tooth, as well as a gingival mass, had been removed, but the swelling did not recede. Histopathology of the gingival mass confirmed the chronic inflammation. Dr. Neumeister took a dental radiograph which showed an embedded tooth segment.
The segment was surgically removed and the dog will be treated with antibiotics for the next couple of weeks.