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07-26-2014 03:43 AM
Anubis_Star So, I work with a board certified veterinary dentist -

I did not look at the link you posted, but right off the bat I assume you are talking about a crown? Normally crowns are only placed on canine teeth (the 4 long sharp teep). If a canine tooth is damaged, say the tip fractures, there is enamel damage, etc... then 2 steps are done. First a root canal is performed regardless. Because even with a crown on the root will still be exposed and sensitive. Next they take a mold impression of the tooth, custom make a fitted crown, and place it over the remaining tooth. The do not REPLACE the tooth.

I have seen police departments and some sport competitors put crowns on all 4 canine teeth to prevent damage in the future.

That being said, this board certified dentist I work with does NOT like crowns. He feels like the base of the tooth where the crown ends at the gum line is actually weakened, and he claims he has seen canine teeth snap at the base from excessive chewing or force with crowns on. I would never placr one on my dog

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07-26-2014 01:24 AM
iIrishSean Would look pretty intimidating if they had a whole mouth full of them, open wide and coming in hot!
08-09-2013 02:50 PM
ODINsFREKI There is an individual with years of experience in special operations as a pipe hitter and a k-9 handler who lives in colorado. He imports Slovak GSD and trains them for all the stuff you don't want to know about. His dogs have enhanced teeth to prevent them from cracking. They bite HARD and having the teeth capped before the damage will prevent any future problems when biting into objects. If they loose a tooth or crack one it is drilled in and replaced with a complete titanium stud.

This is quite excessive and only about 1% of working dogs would actually need these. He raises that 1% dog and they are operating around the world.
12-19-2012 02:30 PM
Kyleigh hunter is great had it done
12-19-2012 12:54 PM
Courtney Can't remember who it was....but a member just had one put on his females damaged tooth.
12-19-2012 09:32 AM
Yoschi's_Pet_Human I saw a special on Shepherds in combat,, it stated they did, at one time, put titanium caps on all the canines. They no longer do that though, except when damage has occured, as stated previously.
12-19-2012 09:28 AM
qbchottu I've also had vets tell me any replacement compound is still not as strong as the natural dog teeth. Titanium is just the best and strongest thing they can get when the dog has tooth damage and needs a cap. It's not for bragging rights or for added strength. Natural teeth is still stronger than titanium.
12-19-2012 09:24 AM
TommyB681 Iv seen that before and the way they make it seem is that they replace the tooth on purpose
12-19-2012 08:20 AM
Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
It is a crown for a damaged tooth. Nothing else will really hold up to what a dog does with their teeth.

They are still weaker than natural teeth from what I understand.
Oh, they said the dog just got his first and they were way stronger, I thought they were purpoaely replacing them for strength.
12-19-2012 08:12 AM
jocoyn It is a crown for a damaged tooth. Nothing else will really hold up to what a dog does with their teeth.

They are still weaker than natural teeth from what I understand.
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