Surgical repair of tusk injury (pulpectomy) in an adult, male forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis).

M. Bush, D. W. Heese, C. W. Gray, A. E. James

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A 15-year-old male forest elephant housed in a zoo sustained a fracture of the right tusk that was 10 cm inside the cheek pouch, thus exposing the tusk canal. Treatment of the cavity by packing, topical application of antibiotics, and administration of various antiseptic preparations failed; however, the tusk grew. To treat the infected, growing tusks's root canal or pulp, surgery--comparable to a pulpectomy in man--was performed with successful results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-375
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of the American Dental Association
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1976
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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