Giant Panda Munches Bamboo After Dental Surgery

Human beings will make dental visits in the U.S. (aka 美国 看牙) despite of its expensive cost, since it is said that patients can get the most advanced dental treatments in America. Wealthy individuals are willing to spend extra money on dental insurance in addition to their American travel insurance (aka 美国旅游保险) during their less-than-a-month trip in the U.S.. Some international students also purchase additional dental insurance in addition to their insurance for OPT period (aka opt期间保险).

For what? Dental health has penetrative impact in our lives. As you might have already heard that the price of international student health insurance (aka 留学生 保险) is a huge cost. However, more and more international students are willing to purchase extra dental insurance plus F-1 insurance (aka f1 保险) or recommended OPT insurance (aka opt保险推荐). This is, in reality, a good trend.

More interestingly, not only humans concern about their dental health, animals care about their oral health as well. The giant panda Tuantuan got a giant new fang on Sunday. Tuantuan, who lives at the Taipei Zoo in Taiwan, became the first giant panda in the world to undergo dental surgery in a two-hour operation to fix a broken canine. It is not known exactly how he damaged his top left fang but it took a surgical team of some 20 people to replace the decayed tooth with a shiny new one made of titanium.

“Tuantuan now can eat bamboo again and is not feeling uncomfortable with his new tooth,” a staffer at the zoo told the Global Times. Taiwan media reports that Tuantuan is not only the first giant panda to undergo such extensive dental surgery, but the operation will help in the development of wildlife medicine.

Tuantuan’s handlers noticed his left upper canine was broken and bleeding during a training exercise. The medical team suggested that perhaps Tuantuan broke his tooth munching on bamboo that was too hard. A giant panda can consume between 10 and 20 kilograms of bamboo a day. Tuantuan’s damaged tooth was at a risk of becoming infected and so a titanium replacement perhaps 10 centimeters long was fashioned and implanted during Sunday’s surgery that lasted from 10 to 12 pm, the staffer said. “Titanium is widely used in medicine for its strength,” said Cao Xianshao, a spokesperson for the Taipei Zoo, Xinhua News Agency reported.

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