Written by French Press Agency Friday, 03 December 2010 15:41
Dentists in southern India performed root canal surgery on a giant scale to rid a 27-year-old elephant of chronic tusk ache, officials said.
A three-member team of dentists helped by a veterinary surgeon carried out the two-and-a-half-hour operation on the male pachyderm, which developed a cavity in one of its tusks, they said.
The operation took place in early November after the owner of the pet elephant brought the animal for an examination of the infection that had damaged the tusk.
“We decided to use the traditional root canal process as a remedy,” dentist Sunil Kumar said.