Another broken tooth

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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby MarMar » Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:18 pm

Its pretty amazing to me how they can seem to ignore tooth pain. Becky wasn't acting weird at all when her teeth broke..I found the slab fracture by chance and then found the split incisors when checking on the slab repair. The two incisors were literally split in half all the way down into the gumline...if those had been my teeth I'd have been screaming! A good friend of mine and former classmate is the anesthetist for the local dental specialist so she assured me that she needed pain meds although she wasn't acting like it, so its good you have something for Sadie.
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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby Nichole » Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:55 pm

heartbullies wrote:However, he has done really well and will still chew on things, not as hard though; he self limits and NEVER did that before which is why he used to crack open the Primal femurs stuff. Now he doesn't do that but will chew on them like a normal dog, still will tug and fetch with the same gusto. Hopefully that makes you feel a little better?


If the side effect from all this is to have Sadie be more reasonable with her mouth I will be THRILLED! I can't give her femurs because she would EAT them. Like, devour them, piece by piece. Cows, pigs, lamb....the cow surprised me. I thought for sure she wouldn't eat a cow femur. She proved me wrong. And it isn't just the fact that she breaks them apart and eats them, it's the PACE at which she does it! Consequently those have been on the no-no list. The only things on their list are rib bones, knuckles, and femur slices. They're like 1/2" = 1" thick slices with marrow.

When I give her chicken wings, she crunches once and swallows, which pretty much means she swallows a whole wing. I swear this dog has a death wish.

I tried to get some more pics of her break from midline so you all could see how far over it goes. I might try video. May as well document this from beginning to end. It's something I would do.

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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:54 pm

MarMar wrote:Its pretty amazing to me how they can seem to ignore tooth pain. Becky wasn't acting weird at all when her teeth broke..I found the slab fracture by chance and then found the split incisors when checking on the slab repair. The two incisors were literally split in half all the way down into the gumline...if those had been my teeth I'd have been screaming! A good friend of mine and former classmate is the anesthetist for the local dental specialist so she assured me that she needed pain meds although she wasn't acting like it, so its good you have something for Sadie.


Buddy had 15 resporptive lesions that we knew NOTHING about until she spit out a tooth while chewing a rawhide (then immediately went back to chewing). She now has her incisors and top canines left but still prefer kibble. Darn tough dogs!
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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby Celesteandthebullies » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:22 pm

Poor Sadie! No fun at all, stoic dogs always make me more paranoid. When you do find out there's a problem it can be hard to pinpoint it too. I'm quite paranoid with Dakota's teeth as he doesn't limit himself at all. He's chipped his front tooth but the vet said it wasn't anything to worry about, I usually give him the knuckle bones with the most meat and take it away once he gets to the bone. Alice on the other hand is very good at limiting herself, she won't chew on the harder sections of the bone.

That does look like a very painful break though, I hope she doesn't get another.
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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby Nichole » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:27 pm

Went to the dentist. I got the quote for the tooth and it was harsh.

The quote for the extraction from my regular vet is $600.
Root canal from dentist is $2000
Root canal plus crown is over $3000

Going to call the insurance company tomorrow to see how much they will cover, but unless they cover a good chunk we will be going with extraction.
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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby heartbullies » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:39 pm

Yowza. If root canal is ever an option for B I am so traveling up there to get it done. The 2k is for a certified veterinary dental specialist to do the root canal? That is actually a good price.

I have gotten great coverage for even specialist care via Pet Plan.

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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby Nichole » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:49 pm

yeah the root canal +/- crown is from a vet dentist. Here's their website if you're interested.
http://vetdentalspecialist.com/
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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby Nichole » Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:41 pm

Called our insurance - the girls are on VPI superior plan - and here's the breakdown. Maybe this will be helpful to someone else in the future.

So for the root canal, they cover up to $738 - after the $50 deductible plus the 10% overall that I'd pay. That would still leave us with a $2600 bill.

The reason it's so high is because the molar has three roots, so that is three root canals. Unfortunately the insurance covers per tooth, not per root canal. If this had been a tooth with a single root the bill would have been much kinder and we probably would have moved forward and had it done.

That said, we're having it extracted. Scheduled for next Monday. Cost is $600, insurance covers $370.
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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby pblove » Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:54 pm

thanks for the break down on the ins coverage Nicole
(looking into several plans now and that was helpful )
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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby heartbullies » Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:55 am

Aw, that is a little sad. I was sad about B's extraction, too. Bleh.

Here's the good part- after surgery she will be on the mend. She may be ouchy but it is fixed and already on the way to healing up.

B says snaggle-teeth are sexy. His teeth didn't seem to shift after the carnassial extraction, but maybe he is slightly more prone to tartar on the other upper carnassial? I might be imagining this. I brush and remove buildup anyway. His teeth DID shift when he had a tiny broken incisor removed this summer (along with another lump removal, also benign) so now he is an endearingly imperfect smiler. I like to think of him as a Velveteen Rabbit, if that helps you at all.

I hope her surgery goes smoothly!

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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby Nichole » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:44 am

Dropped Sadie off at the vet this morning for her tooth extraction. I'll pick her up tonight when I get off work.
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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby pblove » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:44 pm

I hope she will be awake and fine when you get there after work. :hug:
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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby Nichole » Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:31 pm

The vet just called to let me know Sadie is out of surgery and awake in recovery.
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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby Misskiwi67 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:33 pm

Nichole wrote:The vet just called to let me know Sadie is out of surgery and awake in recovery.


Hooray! Prepare for the canned food happiness for the next few days!!! lol
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Re: Another broken tooth

Postby pblove » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:36 pm

just got home from my Rally class and the first thing I did was run to my laptop and check this thread
thank goodness she is awake and getting ready to come home :yipee:
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