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    Broken tooth pain

    Scot (4-yr. old Border Collie) has broken a tooth. I can see the red of the exposed pulp. He's clearly very sensitive when I try to brush his teeth on that side, but doesn't show any signs of pain otherwise, eats fine, etc. The only nearby veterinary dentist has no openings until JUNE, which amazed me. I'll stop brushing his teeth on that side and take away all his hard toys, but otherwise, is there anything I should be doing for this? The person I spoke to at the dentist said the tooth would become numb after a few days. I sure hope so -- the last thing I want is for my dog to have a toothache for five months! Does anyone have experience with this?

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    Re: Broken tooth pain

    Is your regular vet not able to do a routine dental and extraction? Or were you looking to do a root canal to try and save the tooth?

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    Re: Broken tooth pain

    I'd suggest you find another vet who can fit you in sooner. My dog Atlas had a slab fracture in his tooth that went unnoticed after a traumatic accident for several months. It eventually got horribly infected and was incredibly painful for him.

    Having had very significant tooth pain and dental work myself, I cannot imagine how much that tooth hurts. Dogs are very stoic creatures, and it can take massive trauma for them to show much pain or to stop eating. I'd have it looked at (and probably removed) ASAP.

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    Re: Broken tooth pain

    Quote Originally Posted by animalcraker View Post
    Is your regular vet not able to do a routine dental and extraction? Or were you looking to do a root canal to try and save the tooth?
    I'm taking him to my vet day after tomorrow, but although they do dental cleanings, I don't think they do extractions. One of my previous dogs needed a tooth pulled several years ago, and they sent me to the specialist.

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    If your regular vet doesn't do extractions, you might want to call around to other "regular" (non-specialist) vets and see if they do. Mine does for example, because when Eva had to teeth cleaned, they discussed with me that if she needed an extraction while they had her under for the cleaning, was that OK'd for them to do basically.

    I'd be concerned about infection leaving an exposed root for that long of time frame, aside from the pain issue.

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