We finally saw the vet today at almost 4:30 (he was running a little behind!!) and while he's not our regular vet, we've seen him before and he's pretty good.
So, I was mistaken, it's not his upper right first molar, it's his upper right fourth premolar, or carnassial tooth, the largest tooth in a dog's mouth. He broke off the cusp tip, exposing the pulp, and there is also a slab fracture.
My understanding is that without the slab fracture, Henry could have had a root canal and crown (or restoration) done to save the tooth, but with the fracture, it complicates things. The vet put a call in to the vet dentist at OVC (Ontario Veterinary College) to see what the prognosis would be for endodontic treatment on a tooth with a slab fracture, but I probably won't hear back until tomorrow at the earliest.
I feel so sick inside and completely helpless even though I'm a dentist, and BF is an endodontist (root canal specialist). Henry got a shot of metacam at the vet's, and is on an antibiotic prophylactically so that he won't get an infection in the tooth while we wait to hear back.
He broke a tooth!!!!
It's his upper right molar... the first pointy tip is gone, and there's a fracture line extending to the gum, and there's pulp exposure.
I'm not sure what did it, whether it was the marrow bone he had two days ago, or his nylabone. I noticed just now that he was holding his nylabone and trying to chew it, but very gingerly.
We have a vet appt at 3pm.
It makes me sick inside because I don't know when this happened, and how long he's been uncomfortable.
Ugh, can you spare a few good thoughts for Hen?
Last edited by Henery&Ollie's mom; 12-30-2009 at 10:15 PM.
Oh no Felicia. You got it.
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
Oh no!!!! I always worry about this happening too.
I hope the tooth fairy brings Henery some relief today!!
Best wishes, Henry!! Hope you feel better soon!!!
K-State's CollVetMed noticed that Puff had a cracked tooth so she went under general anesthesia and I think they glued it together.
I suspect Puff cracked hers from gnawing on a hard bone.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Good thoughts and prayers for Henery.
♣ Laura ♣
Hope he does OK and it's not a huge deal to fix!
Of course! Good thoughts for Henery! Libby broke a tooth last year. Had to have it removed, but I came home to one side of her face swollen twice it's size. I'm glad you discovered his before it became infected.
Oh No!! Poor Henery!!
Lots of good thoughts coming his way from Java and Broken Moka!!
Feel better soon and I hope it's an easy fix!!
Oh poor Hens, it's a good job mama noticed it and you'll soon be fixed as good as new.
Take care big guy x
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