Bay Area Dentists Make Zoo House Call

Teeth are teeth; no matter if they are in humans or animals.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:54 AM PDT
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Bay Area dentists who normally work on humans help a gorilla out who is suffering for a tooth abscess.

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Two Bay Area dentists made a house call to the San Francisco Zoo this week to help a animal with a sore tooth.

The patient was a 30-year-old gorilla named Oscar Jonsey.

Dentists Dan Mairani and Steve Holifield stepped up to the plate even though they are not used to working on anything other than humans.

Mairani and Holified worked for three hours on an abscessed canine tooth. The dentists were able to fix the problem and save the tooth. They knocked OJ out during the procedure as a safety precaution.

OJ is a male western lowland gorilla.  He is much happier today.

The San Francisco Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 

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