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Name:  Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis (EOTRH)

Species:  Equine (although cats and humans get a similar disease)

Age:  Usually senior horses, age 20 and older

Breed/Sex Predilection:  None

What is it?  Resorption (or "eating away") of the roots of the teeth by the body. Hypercementosis is when the body lies down new bone where it is not normally present, forming sometimes very large "balls" at the base of the roots. This disease is most common in the incisors, but also occurs in the canines and cheek teeth. It is considered to be variably painful, depending on its stage.

Cause:  Unknown

Diagnosis:  Based on clinical appearance, pain level, radiographic changes. Teeth may...

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