VETERINARIANS and dentists in northern Thailand have adapted human root canal techniques to treat elephants suffering from potentially fatal tusk infections, it was reported today.Then they cover the stump with a gold crown?
Doctors at Chiang Mai University developed the technique to mend the infected stumps of tusks sawn off and sold for their ivory by unscrupulous elephant handlers, according to [Thailand's] The Nation newspaper.
Tusk infections could threaten local pachyderm populations, elephant welfare organisations said.
Handlers often fill the severed tusks with soil and bark, which can cause tetanus and lead to death, the newspaper reported, citing research by dentists and veterinarians from several Thai elephant protection organisations.
Veterinarians throughout northern Thailand will be trained to care for elephants using the new technique, which employs the same material used to fill human cavities.
12 June 2004
Thai Dentists Perform Elephantine Root Canals
Australia's Herald Sun (12 June 2004) reports on advances in treating elephantine root canals.
Posted by Joel at 6/12/2004 02:31:00 PM