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Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.
I'm sorry for these multiple issues with Mia.
1. Is your vet planning on extracting the tooth or feels that it should be extracted?
2. Is it a molar, do you know?
Unfortunately, my state board prohibits phone conversations but I hope that this format continues to be acceptable to you. My apologies for the inconvenience.
If this is fine to continue this way, please let me know. Thanks, Deb
Thanks. Please give me a few minutes to type back a response for you. Deb
If this were my patient, I'd remove the stones first. If the surgery goes smoothly (which it should) and there are no complications (such as difficulty removing some of the stones based on their location) and my patient is stable, then I wouldn't hesitate to remove a molar as well as clean her teeth.
However, if she's been under anesthesia for a long period of time, then I might reassess addressing her teeth issues.
More than likely, she'll be able to handle both procedures at the same time. These days, we have extensive monitoring equipment and much better anesthetic drugs than years ago so that the risks are greatly reduced. This isn't to say that they're non-existent but just that patients handle anesthesia better.
Obviously, your vet will use his/her best judgment at the time but I wouldn't consider the risks to be significantly increased by having both done tomorrow.
I hope this helps. Deb
If there's only a localized area of infection and neither the tooth root is infected and/or the tooth itself isn't broken, then the molar shouldn't need to be removed in my opinion.
It may not be entirely clear what's going on until your vet gets a better look it it under anesthesia or if dental x-rays are done (although not every vet has the capability of taking dental xrays) but if this is what happened (she caused an infection by chewing on a bone), then the tooth doesn't need to come out.
I'm just following up on Mia. How did things go with her surgery? Did your vet end up cleaning her teeth (and possibly extracting her tooth) as they planned to do? Deb