Yeah, I was up til midnight researching dental specialists and thankfully also called UC Davis veterinary teaching hospital. They had a dentist there at 1150pm and she talked to me for a while. We discussed root canal vs partial pulpectomy vs extraction. I'm currently hoping we can do the partial pulpectomy, to maintain the vitality of this tooth. The slab portion of the fracture doesn't nearly extend to the gum. It's not as high a success rate (80%) as a full root canal (95%) and will, like a root canal, require follow-up x-rays.
I may just be erroneously infatuated with the "vital tooth" idea though. If the vet/feedback indicate he should just have a full root canal then I will do it.
He's on Tramadol since last night (his last NSAID encounter was about a month ago and ended in a vet trip, bloodwork, and 3 different medications; he's previously tolerated Rimadyl with no issues post-op but we have to keep things EXCITING around here) since he was being a little clingy and lip-licking, so I know it hurts.
I have had a zero balance on my CareCredit card for about 6 months so obviously he was due for An Incident.
Thank goodness for Care Credit. Hopefully his PetPlan insurance will help too. I can't recommend pet insurance enough, I know it sucks to pay out each month BUT I think mine is a little over a dollar per day, and I have gotten on average well over $365 in benefits each year.
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