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    My 2 1/2 year old chocolate just broke one of her upper canine teeth. My vet told me the only two options were a root canal ($950-1100) or to have the tooth pulled ($150). Have any of you had a dog break a canine? What treatment option did you choose? If you had it pulled, were there any performance difficulties that ensued?

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    My knuckle head has two teeth missing from the top row - not the canines, but the ones on the inside on them......he is retrieving okay and can eat and chew bones okay......he looks like buckwheat!

    I'd vote for just pulling the tooth - a root canal doesn't mean the tooth will be saved and it is likely you'll have to have to pulled down the road......

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    I have a little mix breed dog that had broken all 4 canines when I got him. We took him to a canine dental specialist and after hearing all the options we chose root canal on all 4. If you pull a canine, it will disfigure the appearance of the mouth. He had this done at age 1 1/2 and he is now pushing 9 years old. He still has all his teeth.

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    Root canal for sure w/ GOLD CROWN!
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    Hopefully DMA will step in here. We had a dental specialist vet speak to kennel club shortly after Doug's dog mistook a rock for his duck and broke 2 incisors and a canine. The canines and the back molars are very important teeth, not so for the incisors (inside the canines), etc. Doug ended up going for the root canal as did another lab owner locally. You need to move relatively fast on that decision.. I believe w/in 2 wks if possible. Sorry.

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    my daughters schnauzer broke an upper canine had it pulled he feels great.
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    Need more information. Is it a vertical fracture for example from the crown portion to the bone support or root tip? It can also could be horizontal fracture like from one side to the other side. Is the nerve exposed? I could only tell you people teeth, you could never replace a tooth as good as your natural tooth. If you can save them -save them. The most serious is the vertical fracture from the crown to the root tip, you have to extract them. If the vertical fracture is only in the crown portion above the bone support, you can put a crown on the tooth to protect the tooth from any farther damage. (not always a sure thing but its the most conservative procedure before getting it extracted). If the nerve is exposed, root canal is needed to remove the pain; and crown buld-up and a crown to protect the tooth from any farther damage or fracture

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    You don't mention where the tooth is broken - did she wind up with the nerve exposed? If so, then a root canal is probably the only real choice given her age. We've had to deal with more than a few broken teeth over the years, and it really sucks to have happen with such a young dog.
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    Root canal for sure, but maybe just a synthetic filling. Had a peake we did root canal on and then did a rebuild or filling. The material they used was to provide a "chemical" bond but it fell out a short time later. So, asked my Dad about it, he's a dentist, said the chemical bond is not enough, you "need" to do a mechanical bond too. Anyway, the tooth, a canine, lasted more than 8 yrs. and he still had it when he passed away.
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    My older hunting dog was involved in a 4 wheeler accident and broke one of her canines over 2 years ago, she still has the tooth today. Watch the tooth, if it doesn't get infected or cause problems for the dog do nothing.

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