In dogs and cats with dental disease, it’s very important to know where the roots of the teeth go and what angle they’re on. This is important for when a tooth needs to be removed, as the right angles will make a tough job a little easier.
It can also help you realise just how much damage a rotten tooth can do. See how far that upper canine goes? A rotten canine can cause what called an ‘oronasal fistula’ where a hole is made between the oral and nasal cavity, leading to discharge from the nose.
A few rotten teeth on the lower jaw can literally make the jaw so weak it fractures.
An infected premolar/molar on the upper jaw can lead to 'exophthalmos’ or protrusion of the eye due to the accumulation of pus at the roots.
These models are so handy and really help you appreciate how important it is to keep teeth nice and clean!