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    Exclamation Last Ditch Effort here...

    if anyone can help me, please advise....vets, anyone!

    rebel has a broken tooth that has not bothered him, but at the vet today for the hematoma in his ear, the vet checked it with a q-tip and he visibly winced. So the nerve is bothering him. The vet recommended that since he's going under for the hematoma surgery on Wednesday to just extract the tooth. It's his TOP, RIGHT CANINE!!!

    Should I try to take him to a dental vet to try and save it, or is that a waste of time and it'll be pulled anyway? I was thinking it will affect his retrieving/holding bumpers and birds, but it is his health, which obviously is more important....

    Like I said, his surgery is Wed, so if anyone can please help me before I drop him off, that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks,
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    Just have it pulled. He won't miss it. Two of my dogs have had broken teeth pulled.
    When I was a tech, we had several small dog patients who had NO teeth left and they were able to eat just fine.
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    I call Bullet butt-wheat some times because of the number of teeth he is missing....

    Have it pulled, shouldn't bother him one bit...

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    http://www.avds-online.org/info/brokenteeth.html

    Sounds like pulling the canine isn't as routine as other teeth.
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    I would try to save it, since it is the canine. My dog chipped the top of his canine off, had a root canal.
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    I have a girl who had her bottom left canine knocked out right after her adult teeth came in. She was trying to snag a fun bumper while I swinging it as I was throwing for her brother .
    She has no holding or eating/drinking problems though the vet thinks I may have to remove the root someday. That was 3 years ago ,no changes .
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    A dog I had growing up had broken off both top canines by the time he was 7. By the time he was 11 the bottoms were worn down to stumps. He lived to be 17 years old. Never slowed him down a bit. He was mostly blind and almost deaf. Died after getting hit by a car. He was still out trying to chase them at 17. Paul

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    My dog is missing her entire front upper jaw, teeth included, from a cancer surgery and has no problem with birds or regular size bumpers. She has trouble with the very large bumpers. You should have no problem with only one tooth missing.

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    My big guy, Gavel, broke a canine. The vet recommended a root canal. I think I'll have a little cosmetic dentistry done at the same time: A gold overlay? Since it's the canine, I wanted to save it.
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    A friend has a dog with a gold lower left canine tooth. Dog functions normally.
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