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Animal dentist Dr.Kertesz conducts root canal surgery for polar bear

18:05, 13 November 2021
Animal dentist Dr.Kertesz conducts root canal surgery for polar bear Photo: pixabay.com

Animal dentists were summoned to Yorkshire Wildlife Park in British Doncaster after the keepers noticed a polar bear suffering from tooth pain, according to SkyNews.


It turned out that Sisu, the 3-year-old polar bear, had its three-inch cuspid broken. The operation of restoring the teeth was run by animal dentist Dr. Peter Kertesz. It consisted of clearing the root canal which was seriously infected to avert further worsening.

Doctor Kertesz was assisted by dental specialist Monika Mazurkiewicz and a vet anesthesiologist.

The operation ended successfully and after it, the doctor said that the bear weighing more than a half of a ton will have a “pain and infection-free tooth for the rest of his life.”

The doc praised keepers for being so vigilant and solicitous to the animals.

“I was glad we operated swiftly because a broken tooth can lead to severe infection and be very painful.”

 Doctor Kertesz described an hour-long operation as a standard procedure of clearing the infected root of the canine tooth.

However, sometimes not a single doctor can help, thus in the last year, a polar bear named Victor died in the park at age 22 due to kidney disease.