Root resorption in the later stages of dental disease

In some rabbits, the roots of the teeth resorb, rather than calcify in the later stages of the progressive syndrome of acquired dental disease (PSADD). This probably depends on the calcium status of the individual. The radiograph shows that many teeth have disappeared altogether. They have not been extracted. The remaining teeth have lost an amorphous structure with no enamel or surrounding alveolar bone. The shape and the position of the teeth are very abnormal. The rabbit had never been to a vet before. Radiography (or CT scanning) is necessary to see these changes.
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