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My 5 year old German shepherd has what appears to be a broken

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My 5 year old German shepherd has what appears to be a broken incisor tooth. He hasn't had any bones lately and he's not a chewer, so I have no idea how it broke. The tooth is flush with the gum line and I do not see an exposed root. Should what's left of the tooth be removed? Photo of the broken tooth here: http://i.imgur.com/tOxhwJZ.jpg

Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern for Indiana.
Yes, ideally, the rest of that incisior should be extracted. It could be predisposed to discomfort or a tooth root abscess.

In addition, if he has never had a dental cleaning before, at 5 years of age, a routine dental at the same time might not be such a bad idea.

Please let me know if there is anything I did not cover for you. I hope that information has been helpful.
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Hi Richard,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Indiana. How is everything going?

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