A TIGER thinks she’s the cat’s whiskers after having a giant gold tooth implant to replace her torn gnashers.
Big cat Cara is sporting a shiny new crown after a complicated 80-minute operation in Germany.
The six-year-old big cat was confiscated from private ownership at a farmhouse in Mugnano, Italy in 2013 and transferred to the Tierart tiger station in Massweiler, Germany in 2015.
However, a team of international tiger experts was recently called in to prepare her front tooth for a hard-wearing gold crown after dentists found two deep grooves, and vets feared the tooth could break at any time.
So she underwent two complicated operations to save her bite and prevent further suffering while trying to eat.
At the end of August specialists produced a cast of Cara’s teeth to help create a perfectly fitting tooth implant.
Biologist Florian Eiserlo, 37, told Bild in Germany that the damaged tooth was “cleaned and slightly sanded to hold the cement properly.
“After setting, the adhesive had to be cured with UV light.”
Three weeks later, Cara can eat meat again and chew on bones after being put on a restrictive diet to let her tooth heal.
Biologist Eva Lindenschmidt said: “We are really pleased that Cara can bite properly now and is seen smiling showing her new gold tooth.
“The tooth crown fitted perfectly from the start.
“We saw on the X-rays that the grooves in her tooth went right back to the root canal. If the tooth had broken, she would have been in extreme pain.
“Luckily the team of international specialists in dental medicine were able to produce the gold crown, including Danish vet dentist Jens Ruhnau and Dr Johanna Painer from Vienna Veterinary University.”
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