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    A little more info . . .

    The tooth is broken off about half way down. There is pulp exposed, but it doesn't seem to be causing her any pain right now. One thing I failed to mention before, is that she is 47 days pregnant . . . so, if it is true that a root canal would have to be done within two weeks, that will pretty muh ensure that we just have it extracted when she is done whelping.

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    Funny I just had this conversation with my Vet this past Saturday when I brought my dogs in for their annual check up. We were talking about the younger dogs teeth and cleaning teeth and such and she said she noticed a few small holes in a couple of back teeth in my young lab. She said they are probably nothing and if I ever have her teeth clean someone could check them out then. I jokingly said oh so do you fill those? Her reply was only if you fill like spending mega bucks on a dogs tooth. She said root canals and filling teeth are very very expensive and it is much better and cheaper just to pull the tooth. Dogs can do fine with the missing teeth. But then again if you have the bucks then I suggest you put gold crowns on also.

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    Oooooh...I think I'd err on the side of caution and just keep an eye on things until she's done weaning her pups before making a decision about a root canal. As long as she doesn't develop an infection, isn't in pain, and can eat OK, she should be alright. I have an ancient (15+) rescue Lab who has broken and/or worn his lower canines down to 1/8th" nubs - and his incisors down to below his gumline - and he manages just fine. Doesn't seem to be in any pain, even though his mouth looks like a disaster area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badgerfan1 View Post
    A little more info . . .

    The tooth is broken off about half way down. There is pulp exposed, but it doesn't seem to be causing her any pain right now. One thing I failed to mention before, is that she is 47 days pregnant . . . so, if it is true that a root canal would have to be done within two weeks, that will pretty muh ensure that we just have it extracted when she is done whelping.

    Thanks again for everyone's input.

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    Ouch, if that is a person. If she can talked, I bet she is in pain. If I have a pregnant patient that is in pain, I will do the least abrasive procedure called pulpectomy instead of a root canal to get her out of pain until she has her baby. I'm no vet, but in human, canine teeth are important in guiding our occlusion (our bite) beside just for tearing food.
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    Root canal for sure asap. I just went through it and am glad I had it done. There is risk with having a K9 pulled. It will be more difficult for the dog to hold missing the K9.

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    Ok, I have a 2 year old ylf with a chipped upper K9 that causes her no problems,
    but it does drag on birds that she carries. I was wondering if this can be filed down to make it smooth to prevent it from tearing birds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badgerfan1 View Post

    The tooth is broken off about half way down. There is pulp exposed, but it doesn't seem to be causing her any pain right now.
    How can that not be painful?

    Sometimes they are so stoic that it is hard to tell when they hurt.
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    If the pulp cavity is visible then the nerve is exposed and she will be feeling pain. If you stick a prob in the hole you will see her flinch which means she feels anything that touches the pulp cavity on that tooth. You are in a tough spot right now with her being pregnant. I would discuss all the options with you vet as in if you could put her on anytype of pain medication while being pregnant. She will not show pain or usually stop eating because dogs don't like to show their pain because of other animals thinking they are weak and they don't want to put themselves in that situation. She will probally continue to eat since the other alternative is starving which they don't like to do either. The risk you pose by waiting is she could get bacteria up in the opening and that could create an abcess. My dog broke off her canine and I waited a month because the pulp cavity wasn't exposed at that time and then by the time I took her in we stuck a probe in there and she flinched like mad and we put her under and pulled the tooth then. She was old so I didn't do a root canel but on a young dog I would opt for a root canel. Good luck with your decision and with the upcoming litter.
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    Ouch. I have had several dogs in litters with overbites. From what I recall a couple of those dogs had to have both canine teeth pulled at a relatively young age. Those dogs did just fine even without both canines. Not sure what the effects would be of just losing one.

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    Our FCR male lost 1/2 his left canine and the pulp was exposed, the dental specialist just plugged the top of the area and told us to watch for changes in tooth colour or for pain. He opted to leave the nerve live and just check on it's progress. It has been fine for almost 4 years, the tooth is still alive and yet causes no pain. I'd check if this option is possible in your dog's case but definitely avoid extraction.
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