Port Defiance Zoo in Washington a Polar Bear named “Glacier” needed some dental work. Zookeepers examine the bears’ teeth daily using a series of hand signals to which the bear responds by opening his mouth. That’s how they spotted a broken canine. (Zookeepers had “no comment” on Glaciers’ own hand signals after being told he needed a root canal.) Officials don’t know the exact cause of the fractured tooth but offered speculation that Glacier may have sustained the injury while chewing his mixture of beef knuckles and femurs, fish and dog chow.
According to Dr. Karen Wolf, zoo veterinarian, dental problems in Polar Bears are fairly common and this isn’t Glacier's first root canal. Prompt treatment of the tooth was necessary to avoid the potential problems of swelling and infection. So after a week and a half of planning, Dr. Edmund Kwan (endodontist for humans) was scheduled to perform root canal therapy on Glaciers upper right canine. But, Glacier naturally, would need to be asleep for the procedure.
Mickey Finn into Glaciers’ kibble? He’d probably like that a whole lot better. And on the subject of kibble? Whose idea was it to serve up the beef knuckles? Just the word “knuckle,” chock filled with all those damn hard consonants should be enough to keep it off the menu. Best consider a softer diet for ol’ Glacier. Maybe even stick a Cuisine Art in his Christmas stocking.
crown. What? Why do only half the job? After a root canal and without a crown the tooth will be more susceptible to another fracture. And The Maven can tell you that teeth that fracture once can often become repeat offenders, even without a root canal. Besides, Glacier would probably look pretty fetching with a gold canine. Give him a whole new look and probably some renewed respect in the animal kingdom. Think about it.