Fractured Canine-pulp showing

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Fractured Canine-pulp showing

Postby Cherry » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:04 pm

Well, Sophia has been having a setback in her separation anxiety issues. She's had diarreah the past few days, and she refuses to go in her crate or in the house. I think this is why she's been having episodes in her crate. Came home today to a lot of bent wires in the bottom of the wire kennel, all pulled up. Resulted in a broken canine. :( Left a message for a dental specialist this evening to try and get her in without a referral. I want to save the tooth, of course. I'm sure that means a root canal. Any experience or recommendations for a good dental specialist in Houston? I am considering here: http://veterinarydentalservices.com/services.html

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She's fractured enamel in the past, but it hasn't caused discomfort. Planning on getting them sealed.
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Re: Fractured Canine-pulp showing

Postby Misskiwi67 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:06 pm

If you want to save the tooth, a veterinary dental specialist is your only option, its extremely rare for a regular veterinarian to have the knowledge and tools to perform a root canal. With the amount of tooth chipping, it may also need capped to prevent further damage as well.
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Re: Fractured Canine-pulp showing

Postby Cherry » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:40 am

Ended up doing pulp caps on both lower canines. Turns out the right was dangerously close to showing pulp. Her lower canines are about 1/2 the size they were, but they look fantastic. He did a great job. He also said the top left one was dead. :( The vet was wrong, pulp was exposed...and it was very painful for her until it died. :( I am a horrible dog mom!!

But, we will get that root canal done in a couple months, he said it will be ok till then. It was only $300 for the procedure, including the dental radiographs. The vet is one of two certified veterinarian dental specialists in Houston. The other one wanted $2000 for one root canal, and a pulp cap would be a couple hundred less than that. We got both done, for $300 and he is a wonderful vet. Sooo happy. She recovered well, and is back to her playful self! I'll post pics of the fixed teeth. :)
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Re: Fractured Canine-pulp showing

Postby dogs4jen » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:33 pm

:thumbsup: glad she is feeling better!
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Re: Fractured Canine-pulp showing

Postby moto1320 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:02 pm

OUCH! Poor pup! My dog who had some SA issues when younger, inexplicably one day decided that she would never go into her crate again after about 5 years. She destroyed several crates and hurt herself in the process. So, I threw them away after she nearly had us evicted with her tantrums. She's been fine ever since. Once in a very blue moon she tears something up but is largely fine. The only reason she was crated in the beginning was because of her foster brother. It doesn't work for everyone (or most), but it's been great for us. The trash has had to live in the garage for many years and the blinds have to be pulled up, but those were the only concessions.
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