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Old 03-28-2015, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Broken enamel! Anyone with experience?

So... Cobain is a nutjob. A few weeks ago he decided he wanted out of the wire crate. I'd put him in it for a nap, and he'd been in it for a bit less then an hour. He basically played a game of tug-of-war with the door, and completely warped it beyond repair. I was happy that he didn't seem to have acquired any injuries in the process. That is, until I noticed something "off" about his teeth while brushing them today. He has managed to break off the enamel from his upper and lower canines!
No roots are exposed, fortunately, and he doesn't seem to be uncomfortable.. Though I imagine ice cream would feel pretty terrible right now. He's booked in with the vet on Monday. 11 months old and he's probably going to need some sort of dental work up...

Has anyone had any kind of tooth damage like this before? Was it repairable? I tried taking pictures, but you really couldn't see it, so I borrowed one off the internet for example. His looks just like this, but is localized to the back of the four teeth. I desperately don't want them to be pulled, but I won't let him be in pain, either.

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Don't pull canines. The tooth will eventually heal on its own with proper dental care. They'll likely recommend xrays just to ensure no root exposure, and then the surface of the tooth can be smoothed and then bonded sealants put on the teeth. Bonded sealants do not last forever but they give the tooth time to heal from the inside out. I saw this procedure done numerous times when I worked with a dentist
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Don't pull canines. The tooth will eventually heal on its own with proper dental care. They'll likely recommend xrays just to ensure no root exposure, and then the surface of the tooth can be smoothed and then bonded sealants put on the teeth. Bonded sealants do not last forever but they give the tooth time to heal from the inside out. I saw this procedure done numerous times when I worked with a dentist
This brings me a lot of peace of mind. Thank you very much!
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Do's & Don'ts of Treating Fractured Pet Teeth - Vet Dentistry - Colorado |

This site has a pretty good break down of what to expect. Also, when mentioning "root" exposure, do you mean "pulp"
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Pulp is definitely the right term, and what I was referring to by "root".
That's a great site, thank you very much!
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I meant root exposure. Sometimes there can still be root exposure only noticed on xray, which is why xrays should be done

Xrays should ALWAYS be done before any major tooth repair. And I would only be seeing a board certified dentist for this issue
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That looks terrible. I wish dogs had more common sense!
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Pulp is definitely the right term, and what I was referring to by "root".
That's a great site, thank you very much!
Hopefully the X-rays will show no pulp exposure and bonded sealants can be done, we've done the root canal/crown bit and it gets spendy.

Not sure what crate options there are, but you may want to find a way to prevent a repeat, even plastic/airline crates have wire doors.
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My regular vet was able to refer to me a dental specialist. The consultation alone is $170... Definitely expecting this to get spendy. They said if they ended up doing a root canal, the teeth would be too weak to do any PSA.
But that you for the information... I'm able to go in much more prepared.

His new kennel is a plastic sided, and the venting is all windows in the plastic instead of metal bars. The door is constructed of thick metal that is specifically designed to have tiny gaps so he can't get his teeth into them. The little bugger.
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Hmmm... I'm surprised by the "no PSA" statement. The vet that did ours does our city/county police k9s and she said they can go back to work, and that Zoe would have no limitations either. Zoe doesn't do PSA or ipo, but we've been playing tug with no problem. Then again we've only crowned one canine vs all 4

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