When on holiday recently I discovered Kyla had broken one of her teeth - not having experienced this before I called Dr Russell Tucker, who is a vet but also a veterinary dental specialist. It's important to note that if you take your dog to the doggy dentist within a few days of the break there are more options (such as a filling) than if you leave it longer than a few days. The sooner the better.
Because Kyla's had been over 1 week her options were only root canal or removal. They don't usually like doing root canals unless your dog is a show dog or perhaps a model because dogs by nature are rough with their teeth so it would just break again. So unfortunately Kyla's teeth modelling days are over! The hole where the the tooth was removed from was filled with a collagen filler that dissolves after a few days and they also used dis-solvable stitches. If the tooth was left bacteria will eventually get into the tooth, it will hurt the dog often they won't let on until it gets really sore and then they will have to get it removed, I decided on the specialists advice to remove it now than to let Kyla suffer down the track. While Kyla was under, Dr Tucker also fixed up a slight chip in one of her canines as the chip was exposing the dentin and once teeth are chipped and the dentin is exposed bacteria can get into the tooth and it will eventually die and will have to be removed. This was a vital side operation as the canines are very important teeth.
How a tooth works - The outer layer is enamel (which is hardest substance in the body), Under the enamel is dentin (the second hardest substance in the body). The dentin contains nerves, beneath the dentin is the dental pulp. The nerves in the dentin can let bacteria in. The third hardest substance in the body is bone.
So please check your dogs teeth regularly and if there are any fractures or chips contact a doggy dentist for more advice. Another recommendation - get pet insurance that includes medical.
Because of the general anesthetic Kyla was a bit groggy until the next day but then back to normal racing around playing with Marley.
Dr Tucker is a specialist at what it does, the clinic was inviting and the nurses were friendly. Below is a picture of Dr Tucker with Kyla after the surgery.
This is not medical advice just a story about my experience with Kyla's broken tooth.
For medical advice contact your local vet or a specialist such as Dr Russell Tucker.
Auckland Veterinary Dentistry and and Oral Surgery
Phone: 09 5211457