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my dog broke 2 of his front small teeth, what do I do

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my dog broke 2 of his front small teeth, what do I do?

Dr. Lee :

Hi. I'm Dr. Lee and will do my best to help.

Dr. Lee :

How long ago were they broken?

Customer:

Saturday

Customer:

Hi Dr. Lee thank you

Dr. Lee :

Thanks for the info.

Dr. Lee :

With broken incisors, there are a couple routes of dealing with this.

Dr. Lee :

Either root canal therapy or removal of the teeth.

Customer:

He was jumping up to see my neighbor's dog over the chain link fence and 2 of his 3 front little front teeth

Dr. Lee :

My suggestion is removal of the teeth as dogs don't really need the incisors to eat and they do well without them. Root canal is relatively expensive.

Dr. Lee :

Do you have any questions or concerns?

Customer:

do I have to go to a specialty vet to have them removed and what is the average cost? I know that when a human breaks a tooth they experience a great deal of pain, I am concerned that he is in a lot of pain.

Dr. Lee :

Your regular vet should be able to do that, assuming s/he has the right equipment for this. Average cost would be about $400 to $500.

Dr. Lee :

There is pain involved, that is the reason he should have those teeth taken care of as soon as possible.

Dr. Lee :

Your vet will also prescribe pain medication for him.

Customer:

for this procedure will he have to stay over night?

Dr. Lee :

No. It's usually done the same day. Come in the morning, go home at night.

Dr. Lee :

It does require general anesthesia.

Dr. Lee :

Do you have any other questions or concerns?

Customer:

well the money, are there any other options?

Dr. Lee :

Unfortuantely not. You can try to call around to find the least expensive place to do so. But it does involve a lot.

Dr. Lee :

Your other option is to have root canal done on both teeth, and that would likely cost $1,000.

Dr. Lee :

Leaving the broken tooth in will eventually lead to infection and abscess, that might affect the adjacent teeth. Not to mention the pain.

Dr. Lee :

Do you have any other questions or concerns?

Customer:

no, thank you for your time and answering my questions Dr. Lee

Dr. Lee :

You're welcomed.

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