Misskiwi67 wrote:The appropriate recommendation would have been - we should perform a full dental exam under anesthesia and perform dental radiographs to determine if there is a problem with the tooth or not.
If your new vet doesn't routinely perform full dental radiographs on every pet during their dental cleaning, they probably aren't performing up to standard of care either.
And funny thing, that is EXACTLY what this new vet recommended. She (I though she was a he) said she can tell there is something wrong, can tell it is uncomfortable for him, can guess what it could be, but she needs to put him under, take an X-Ray and probe the area before she can tell me what route I should take.
So I am setting up an appointment and they are going to take an X-Ray, go in and in the best case scenario scale off the tartar, clean the other teeth and it will return to normal, worst case (barring some unforeseen circumstances) would be extraction.
She said his lymph nodes feel normal, his other teeth/gums look great and she thinks the tooth is still alive because it is white (instead of purple-ish), but that doesn't mean it is savable.
It will range from $467-677 depending on what needs to be done, but I feel comfortable with them and the tooth is not going to get better on its own. I was also very happy that she explained everything in extreme detail and took a lot of time, over 45 minutes, answering my questions.
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