Lioness has root canal treatment at a Danish zoo

The damaged carnassial tooth of a lioness in Ree Park Safari in Ebeltoft (near Aarhus) was restored using the CAD/CAM system Cerec.

The Danish zoo wanted to use the benefits of the chairside system that allows treatment in just one session for its animal patient.

The veterinary team was faced with a few challenges when operating on the 12-year-old African lioness, Naomi.

Adult lions cannot be anesthetised for more than two to three hours, meaning that the entire procedure needed to be completed in that period of time.

Since extracting such a large tooth is difficult and lions need the carnassial tooth to be able to bite, a root canal treatment was carried out and the tip of the carnassial tooth was fitted with a crown.

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