A Surgery Table with a Mouth Prop for Rodents
Laboratory animal research represents a remarkable source of information. Rodents are often used as an experimental model for studies in the medical field, showing several advantages. The access to the oral cavity allows one to examine it and to perform surgical restorative procedures. The application of topical substances on hard tissues and mucosa is also possible. Literature includes reports on mouth-opening systems for animals, but they are not available on the market. Therefore, researchers must improvise methods that allow access to the oral cavity, but which may compromise the experiment. The purpose of this technical report is to introduce an inexpensive and easy-to-use surgery table containing a device for rodent mouth opening, which facilitates access to the oral cavity, maintaining mouth-opening and spreading the cheeks apart.