Hi, my dog broke his upper 4th premolar and my vet gave me 2 treatment options. Either root canal or extraction. I have no idea which one to choose.
what's the cost for each and the downside?
How old is the dog? I'd ask your vet if extraction will change his bite significantly at this point. Most of the time, molars are extracted. It's the canines that the vets really want to save as they tend to be needed to keep the bite together.
I had one of mine break an incisor and once that base was removed, her bite has changed, so it's something to ask about.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
He is 2 years old.
The cost for a root canal is $1500 and there's no promises he wont brake it again. Extraction costs $400 and the down side is he will lose that tooth.
It's a pet, pull the tooth and be done with it. A root canal damages a tooth, and the dog will lose it eventually. Pull it. He doesn't care if he loses the tooth.
Extrapolating from my own personal human experience I'd pull the tooth. My own top two front teeth were root canaled. Those teeth are now dead (discoloured too but that's another story) and more fragile than a live tooth. If I bite on something hard or hit them they are much more likely to break than a live tooth. A dog will not be careful of his root canal. Even if you don't feed bones the little monsters will still find a yummy hard stick to chew on when you aren't looking and there will go that tooth, again.