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Broken Tooth

My poor Coco-nut, I don't know how she did it but she's wrecked her tooth 🙁
We noticed it on Saturday when we were brushing her teeth. It wasn't like that on Thursday and I have no idea how she did it. They play so rough and she did wipe out in the yard. She also tends to tug on her leash sometimes and she could have bit down on the clasp - I just don't know.

It seemed to be bothering her, she was drooling and pawing at her face. She has some pain medication and seems much more comfortable.

Sadly the vet here doesn't have the equipment to save it so she's getting it extracted tomorrow 😭

My poor beautiful show girl and therapy girl is going to look like a hockey player

Please send good thoughts and healing vibes for Coco



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Poor girlie! It's ok to look like a hockey player. This is Canada after all


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Poor girl. Hope all goes well.
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Capri broke her lower canine and smashed a couple of the other smaller teeth beside it (both above and below) in the process. My vet thought about simply capping the canine (I gather the pulp wasn’t exposed?), but it was so bad he did a root canal on the canine and pulled the other teeth beside it. He did say that you need specialized equipment for dog’s canines--the root is so deep ordinary dental tools don’t work.

Do you have a specialized dental vet anywhere around (even if there is a long drive involved) where you could go for a consult and to have a root canal done? Canines can be hard to remove. It would be quite expensive to do a root canal but might be worth it.

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Poor baby, hope the surgery goes well and she quickly recovers
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Well this has turned into a good news/bad news kind of day. The good news, Coco still has her tooth, the bad news, the tooth is dead 

The pain was initially caused because the nerves were partially exposed but apparently the tooth dies quite quickly with this sort of trauma so she shouldn’t be in pain anymore thank goodness!

After examining the tooth and the x-rays, the vet is not comfortable removing it as the root is very large and hooked. It would be a very complicate and invasive extraction. After consulting with a dental specialist they are recommending a root canal instead.

There is no sign of infection but Coco is on antibiotics as a precaution, the sharp edges have been smoothed and the tooth has been sealed with a dental sealant. This is just temporary and Coco has to go back for a recheck including more x-rays and blood work in another 2 weeks.

The plan is to take her to the dental specialist in October when we take Soter for his biopsy and have the root canal and crown done then. We would of course like to do it sooner and if it becomes necessary we will certainly find a way but if we can safely wait and Coco isn’t in any pain or discomfort and there is no sign of infection then that would be the best option.

Unfortunately, the closest dental specialist is a 20+ hour drive away so 2 days down, 2 days there, 2 days back and time off work can be an issue – sometimes I really hate living in the middle of nowhere!
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Perhaps I am missing something here. (that's OK, it is a daily occurrence). From the second pic, see a traumatized tooth, not a tooth broken off.

Years ago, our boy Butcher had a canine that looked identical to that. His regular vet has a canine dental surgeon on call. We were told to leave it alone and if the tooth became a problem, she would extract it.

The bottom line was that it took over a year, but eventually the tooth healed. We watched as the pink and grey slowly receded.

The assumption was that he injured it on a smoked long bone. No more smoked bones!.

Just my experience

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Edit to say: Just saw your post Obey.... Thats pretty much what the canine oral surgeon told us. But she suggested we hold off. That's when it became apparent that the tooth, while injured was not totally dead.

Not saying that this is your situation. Just thought perhaps you could use our experience.

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Another comment--when the vet just tried to cap Capri’s canine (not sure if it was a real crown or just a cap), the cap came right off just a little while later. Then we did the root canal. That vet was not a dental specialist, though--but you could ask about whether a crown is necessary or if it just a cosmetic thing once the root canal is done.

Or I might not know what I am talking about--but from what I remember, it seems like that is what we did.
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