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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-26-2014, 03:43 AM
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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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I think you saw this on Doomsday Preppers lol, the episode with a guy named Alex Dunbar. Here it is on youtube, at 6:50.
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Kira, my first Sch3 female had a canine broken in a freak accident and I had a titanium cap put on - that dog did bitework for 8+ years and that tooth stood up and was there until she passed...

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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 10:04 PM
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Kira, my first Sch3 female had a canine broken in a freak accident and I had a titanium cap put on - that dog did bitework for 8+ years and that tooth stood up and was there until she passed...

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Lee,

I'm just now pricing out 4 crowns for Dolly thanks to her extreme bite drive. May I ask around what price you paid for a ti crown?

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I had two palladium crowns put onto the bottom canines of Cobe. He ripped a kennel apart and stripped the enamel off of the back of his teeth. The cost total was just over $10000. (Yay for pet insurance)
I was warned by the specialist that while the crowns are actually much stronger then natural teeth, the point where the crown ends and the tooth begins is actually a weak spot.. so the tooth can be snapped right off from there.
She does the police dogs in the area if they damage their teeth. She's had two teeth come back to her after they snapped the tooth at the crown line.
Most of them hold up though.

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