my dog Hunter has a broken tooth. I would really like to have it fixed and crowned rather than extracted. It's a small break, but, it is enough to have exposed the pulp (red dot in center) therefore I figure he may require a root canal procedure to make sure the tooth is cleaned and a metal crown. In my area this type of work (not incl. anesthesia, x-ray, preop. blood work and so forth) would run $400 - 600 for a root canal and $400 - 800 for a metal crown for a human, not a dog. I just do not know that much about dentistry for dogs other than some basic anatomy of a canine tooth and the fact that an exposed root is severly sensitive and an open route for infection.
If anyone here has had this done, I need advice. I just don't want to have my dog go through extracting an otherwise healthy tooth! It's a recent break - within the last 48 hours. Forgot to mention which tooth - he broke an upper canine.
Has the vet examined the tooth? May not need to do all that.
If the crown is the way you go not sure if this is a new procedure but I would check into statistics of if it will last - the way Labs like to chew on sticks, bones, etc.
One of my girls broke a tooth many years ago (although not a Canine) and you could see the pulp as well. We monitored it for a while and never had it pulled, it never bothered her or gave her any trouble whatsoever.
What tooth is it? I've heard it's around $1500.
Hi, thanks for the reply...
He broke an upper canine. I have seen dogs break teeth before that can simply be smoothed and left as is but this break, although it's tiny, has an exposed root. He hasn't been seen by the vet yet since they are closed today. He'll be going tomorrow! I don't know know how he broke it but he doesn't really like playing tug of war with my other dogs at the moment and I am sure that drinking water must be severely sensitive if it touches the tooth.
You may want to PM Linda (zoesmom)... Zoe had a root canal done last year (?) but no crown was necessary. Also, I think Pam (PAM)'s Buddy had the same thing done.
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this is great! I'll try to contact them. I'm wondering how many times my dog would have to be put under anesthesia...since I know a mold has to be made...he'll need xrays...and all that sort of stuff done. I'm just thinking that when I had wisdom teeth taken out it was awful! So, Hunter is certainly not getting any extractions, especially for a large canine tooth.
My dog has his fourth premolar extracted, the big tooth in the back on top. It has 3 roots. He did fine after the surgery. Was not in pain, but he had pain meds the morning of surgery and for 5 days following. He did not seem uncomfortable at all, was eating that night.Originally Posted by DaisyHunter
Bonnie, thanks for PM-ing me. I replied, and hope I addressed some of your concerns.
Today Zoe is fine with 1/2 a lower canine. Some people said it may turn brown and she may eventually lose her tooth, but it hasn't happened yet.
We did not go the "crown route" It meant extracting a neighboring tooth, and didn't want to put her through it.
btw, our root canal was $1500. Crown would have been a lot more, and putting a crown on would have meant another surgery. They do not do it in the same procedure.
hope this and my PM reply helped.
Linda and Zoë, the Umlaut
Oona had an extraction earlier this year and it was $600.
I have an apt today for Hunter so I'm still in the dark about what shall be done for his broken tooth. For a moment I did consider if an extraction may be a good option. I reasoned that healing time and future potential for infection would be zero if that's what's done. However!!! I know that a healthy upper canine tooth is enormous with a massive root compared to other teeth. For that reason, I would guess that root canal therapy would be a preferable way to fix his tooth since it looks like a healthy tooth. I was reading that canine extractions can have equal complications compared to root canals. The plus side of an extraction is that it's probably a one time surgery. But, I was thinking a root canal saves the tooth, keeps the same mouth structure and if anything goes wrong with the tooth later - extraction would be a viable option. One can't go back, once the tooth is gone. Good news is that I did find a vet in my area that I believe is a dental specialist which takes clients on referral. Well, I thought I would plop my current thoughts on this issue here today. I'll see how my consultation goes today at my vet.
Maybe dog's should have mouth guards when they go outside?