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Broken K9

Postby Deuce » Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:31 pm

Wife remarked that our 4 y/o wirehair had been drooling a lot lately. First instinct was to check her teeth. Sure enough she has a broken 404. Calling the vet tomorrow. In the mean time, would like to hear our options/cost from the group here. What am I looking at for procedures, cost, and recovery time? Thanks for your help.
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Re: Broken K9

Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:43 pm

Root canal or extraction. Not a lot of choices.

Vegas has an appointment Monday with a specialist to get a root canal on a fractured molar.

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Re: Broken K9

Postby Deuce » Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:08 am

Roger, thanks for the insight.

Any ideas on recovery time?
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Re: Broken K9

Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:28 am

As with all surgery, it's surgeon dependent. Make sure your vet has dental X-rays and does a lot of big extractions. Broken canines are the second most difficult tooth in the mouth. A good surgeon should get that tooth out (unless it continues to fracture) in 20-30 minutes. A dentist could probably do it in half that time.

With that said, the mouth heals FAST. Even if extracted, plan on soft food for a few days and 100% recovery in a week. For dogs with nasty painful infections, some feel better after surgery than they did before.
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Re: Broken K9

Postby Deuce » Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:55 am

Much appreciated ma'am! Will keep you posted.
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Re: Broken K9

Postby Doc E » Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:19 am

I've seen a couple, where they do a root canal and then cap the tooth with a stainless steel cap.

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Re: Broken K9

Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:31 am

Doc E wrote:I've seen a couple, where they do a root canal and then cap the tooth with a stainless steel cap.

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This is ideal treatment for a working dog, but if he's drooling the tooth may not be salvageable.
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Re: Broken K9

Postby Deuce » Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:05 pm

Root Canal on the broken one and also on her 304 as it was 1/2 worn threw as well.

Quite the costly procedure but she seems to be doing well after her day at the vet. Looking forward to hunting coming up soon.
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Re: Broken K9

Postby Deuce » Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:05 pm

Root Canal on the broken one and also on her 304 as it was 1/2 worn threw as well.

Quite the costly procedure but she seems to be doing well after her day at the vet. Looking forward to hunting coming up soon.
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Re: Broken K9

Postby Misskiwi67 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:16 pm

Fabulous. Vegas has a root canal scheduled for the 25th. We will follow up with a crown a couple weeks later.
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Re: Broken K9

Postby Deuce » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:15 am

If it was a molar I'd cap them, but for the cost, and the fact that it would give her more tooth to torque on I elected to keep them shortened.

I hope yours goes smoothly as well!
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Re: Broken K9

Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:42 am

Thanks!! It had better, we VGP in 6 weeks and the dentist has assured me it won't affect her training or performance.

If it wasn't for pet insurance Id wait and pull it, but insurance pays 90% after the deductible, so why not!!
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Re: Broken K9

Postby Deuce » Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:36 pm

well... given what I just paid, I might be investing in that in the future. My wife and I both had the question of vet insurance yesterday and if it would have covered it.

Shouldn't effect the training, she's up and running around like normal this morning, just on soft food. Will go to training tomorrow night and I dont anticipate any issues.
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Re: Broken K9

Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:47 pm

Deuce wrote:well... given what I just paid, I might be investing in that in the future. My wife and I both had the question of vet insurance yesterday and if it would have covered it.

Shouldn't effect the training, she's up and running around like normal this morning, just on soft food. Will go to training tomorrow night and I dont anticipate any issues.


My insurance covers accident and illness. Our plan is $35 a month, with a $500 deductible. I did the math, with the expectation that I would never spend more than 10k on any individual treatment and I don't expect issues with hips or allergies due to the breed, I would be better off doing a savings account. But I'm terrible at saving, and don't want to argue with my hubby about what treatments are options based on costs. With the root canal Zim gonna be close to breaking even for a while!!
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Re: Broken K9

Postby Densa44 » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:18 am

Believe it or not Alberta used to have a Black Lab with a gold tooth. He was owned by a Dentist. The dog was running blinds for dummies and was moving at top speed, he put his head down to pick up what he thought was a dummy, it was a very hard white rock, broke one of his canines. The next time I saw him he was sporting a very nice gold tooth.

It never seemed to bother the dog and he became a tourist attraction, a bit like a goose that laid golden eggs.

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