Canine Ossifying Epulis

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    05-18-2012, 11:13 AM
Canine Ossifying Epulis

My female labrador, 7 years old, has one on her bottom jaw, left side of her mouth, right next to her canine tooth. It was approximately the size of a jelly bean.

I took her to the vet and they removed what they could. But couldn't get it all. It's bone and you can't cut into it with a scapula. Super weird.

It's not causing her any discomfort or pain. The vet said we can either have it surgically removed or leave it. Surgery can be well over $1000 and they have to break her jaw and remove part of the jawbone that it's grown into and probably some of her teeth. We can't see putting her through that unnecessary pain if she's not bothered by it right now. It's more of a cosmetic thing.

There's always the chance that it can develop into cancer but the test results came back benign. So yippee for that! Ontop of that, if it gets large enough, it can cause her tooth to start pushing out/maybe loosen up. It could also cause her to have difficulty eating.

Has anyone ever had to deal with one before? Did you get the surgery?
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    05-18-2012, 11:50 AM
I dealt with a couple on my dog, Mo, except it wasn't the ossifying type. We took the first one off and it came back, so we went back in and removed the second as well as the associated teeth and tissue. According to the vet that is the only way to make sure it doesn't come back. It's been about 6-7 years and he hasn't had another. Biggest problem with it is occasionally a piece of food slips through the hole and gets back into his cheek.

Here's the hole, you can see where his tongue slips out.

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    05-18-2012, 10:11 PM
Oh interesting. That doesn't look like it's bad at all. I'll see if I can get a photo of Zada's mouth. She isn't a cooperative patient when it comes to checking out her mouth. She's good with teeth brushing, but doesn't like you to pry her mouth open. LoL.
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