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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-26-2008, 10:34 PM
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I have a 1 yr old that does not have any side teeth on either side and on the top & bottom. He had his baby teeth, but when he lost them no permenant teeth came in. No teeth there, so he eats small bites food and does just fine. The vet is not to concerned since he is eating just fine and at a good weight. He also has kidney failure and is only expected to live to the age of 1 1/2 to 2 yrs.. So you might say he is spoiled rotten, just like the other GSD's I have.
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Re: Jesse broke a canine tooth

I would look for a canine vet, certified through AVDC.

Too many vets claim, as with xrays for OFA, that they do dental work (including extensive).

Even with an older dog, I would do that.

I dealt with Baer breaking canines. He ended up being worked on by Peter Emily, who is one of the top dental vets (we were lucky, close friend was the vet I went to in Cinci). His procedures ended up being part of Peter's presentations :-)

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I wouldn't let a regular vet do a molar extraction. I would definitely not let a regular vet extract a cuspid (canine tooth). Those roots go deep into the jaw and extraction by someone who doesn't know what they're doing can cause major problems (fracture of the jaw, for starters).

If this is a case where the dentist says you can go either way, root canal vs. extraction, I'd go for the root canal with a cap, even though, yes, the RCT may fail down the road. I'd be more inclined to seek a second opinion (from another dentist) on a cuspid than I would on a molar. There are just more risks involved with a cuspid extraction. If the tooth can be saved, I'd go that route, unless there's no way it can be. It's not just about the tooth itself (a dog that does/does not do bitework or whether a dog can easily munch on kibble). It's about the whole tooth structure.

Some teeth are just harder to remove. Fortunately, though, upper canines are easier to remove than lowers. So that helps.

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Originally Posted By: WolfstraumKyra had a canine broken at about 9 months, and I did have a cap done. At 9+ it is still there, did 7 years of regular bitework with that cap too! With an older dog who is not doing bitework, I would think that a cap is not necessary - it is not a growing tooth that needs to be protected. If necessary, a simple extraction should not be a big deal. Really, I think the risks of anesthesia are not as high as many cite, I know that in my friends equine clinic, in 15 years of near daily surgery, only 2 times did they loose an animal under anesthesia.

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What kind of a cap did you get? Just a vital pulpotomy where they fill over the break or did you have it reconstructed with a crown? I have been reading that they use titanium crowns for dogs that do bite work but so far I think I have only read of them doing it for broken canines.
My 9 month old broke a top front tooth next to his canine over the weekend and we have an appointment tomorrow with a specialist (vet dentist). He is my sch dog so I am thinking maybe I should get it reconstructed.

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Re: Jesse broke a canine tooth

Rudy had his lower canine pulled yesterday. His upper canine had a chip in it last year and they smoothed it down and sealed it. He has a dental disease so he is always having a tooth pulled, sealed, or filed.
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Re: Jesse broke a canine tooth

We have to reschedule Jesse due to me being ill. So now I still have to wait. Thank you for all of your replies. Jesse is having blood work done before anything else.
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Re: Jesse broke a canine tooth

Our boy broke a tooth (top canine), and it wasn't infected, seemed to cause no pain, so we left it, at the vet's advise. Recently, I had them pull it when he was having a dental done, and the root was all mottled, and it could have been causing some of the health problems that he has been having.

If possible, I would recommend having it pulled.


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Originally Posted By: FourDogsRuleI have a 1 yr old that does not have any side teeth on either side and on the top & bottom. He had his baby teeth, but when he lost them no permenant teeth came in. No teeth there, so he eats small bites food and does just fine. The vet is not to concerned since he is eating just fine and at a good weight. He also has kidney failure and is only expected to live to the age of 1 1/2 to 2 yrs.. So you might say he is spoiled rotten, just like the other GSD's I have.
Wow, give that boy extra ear scritches from me.


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Re: Jesse broke a canine tooth

Dieter came to us with many tooth issues. One of his bottom canines was just sheared in half, with the root exposed, and most of this other front teeth were in serious need of help. I waffled back and forth about what to do because he didn't seem to be in any pain and it was dang expensive for doggie dental work.

Finally, we switched to a new vet and she did the surgery with no issues. I was most worried about the canine extraction because the canine root makes up such a large park of the jawbone. But, it's been over a year now and no adverse effects. Dieter loves to chew and tug now and has no issues chewing. Honestly, he was trying to chew on bones the day after surgery! We didn't think he would go for them, but had to end up putting them all away for like a month.

Best part - when BF and I picked D up from the vet that afternoon, the receptionist looked at us with these huge eyes when we told her we were Dieter's owners. She grabbed a folded paper towel from her desk and said that if we didn't want D's tooth, that she was totally going to punch a hole in it and wear it (I think she was kidding....). I love showing guests D's tooth (gross, I know) while they are rubbing his belly and scratching behind his ears. Kinda awe-inspiring and a little sad because you can see the little hole where the root was exposed.

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Re: Jesse broke a canine tooth

Thanks everyone. I can't even tell on Dieter that he's had a tooth pulled and Jesse's is on the top so I figured we really wouldn't notice it.
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