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Old 11-26-2017, 05:31 PM
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Nervous Dog Momma- Need support

Hello!

I am new to this forum and am hoping I find some comfort from fellow dog parents.

My sweet Sophie (Corgi, 4 years old) has two fractured teeth, the big ones in the top back. This is a result of letting her chew on hard bones (once we realized that, we stopped immediately). We visited the vet a few months ago and she said they would have to be removed eventually.

Well it seems the time has come as they are starting to bother her more. After reading some forums, I am freaking out about the surgery. These are two major teeth and I have been reading some horror stories about broken jaws, etc.

Does anyone have a GOOD experience with pet tooth removal? Especially of the major teeth.
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:39 PM
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My 14 year old Australian Shepherd had two teeth removed about a year ago. One was an obviously broken front tooth, and I believe the second was one in the back (though I don't remember which one). The surgery went well, no major problems, and she felt so much better afterward.

The internet is a great place to find horror stories - but I'm sure your pup will be just fine.
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Your dog will be fine. I've seen some nearly toothless dogs eat just fine, and you would never know.
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Does anyone have a GOOD experience with pet tooth removal? Especially of the major teeth.
There sometimes are options other than removal of a broken tooth. It might be worth your while to consult with a dental specialist if you want to avoid removal of the teeth- sometimes they can be salvaged. I don't blame you if you are choosing extraction over those options if you have already considered them, as they can be expensive and sometimes still result in extraction. You might be describing the 4th premolar, which is the biggest tooth on the side of the upper jaw. It has 3 roots, so often is split into 3 pieces for ease of removal unless already quite loose. Sometimes the vet will sew a little flap of gingival tissue (gum) over the resulting defect to keep stuff from getting in it. I've had several dogs with slab fractures of this tooth (my current dog has a small chip missing from one of his from chewing a bone), and I think one had it extracted as a result when it appeared to cause discomfort, and did fine. My understanding is that the canine teeth tend to be more complicated and difficult extractions in most cases due to the massive length of the root, so I guess there could be worse teeth for her to have damaged. Most dogs that I've seen post tooth extractions tend to be no worse for the wear, and have minimal problem eating, playing, etc after a brief recovery period. Good luck!
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I think the question more revolves around the process of extraction, than life without the teeth following. As far as the extraction process, there is no such thing as any medical procedure that is without risk, but as long as your Vet has the experience and knowledge, the risk is minimized. If you are uneasy about your Vet performing the procedure, find a specialist in your area, you need to have a Vet you trust. As far as life without those teeth, dogs are amazingly adaptive. I have known older dogs that have only one or two teeth, that are happy and thriving, on special diets and soft food.
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