Fractured teeth are a common occurrence for most pets. Fractures are usually a direct result of a trauma or constant chewing on a hard object such as a bone or non-bendable chew toy. If you think your pet has a fractured tooth, then it's important to seek immediate medical attention from a veterinarian. The staff at Richview Animal Hospital in Etobicoke, ON, understands how painful a fractured tooth can be which is why we provide pet dental care.
What Do Fractured Teeth Look Like?
Fractured teeth are a very common injury among dogs and cats. In most cases, you may notice a chip of the enamel off one or more teeth. Sometimes, the fracture is so severe that the bony tissue, the dentin, becomes exposed. If left untreated, the tooth's nerve endings could be exposed causing even more pain.
When your pet has a fractured tooth, the pet's mouth becomes sensitive to hot or cold food. If the area becomes infected, then your pet's immune system may have difficulty fighting off the infection. The infection can spread to other parts of the body. Several medical issues start as something minor in the mouth.
The Process of Extracting Fractured Teeth
Before the extraction process, the veterinarian will want to schedule a comprehensive oral examination to determine the next steps in the treatment process. Be prepared to provide a full medical history for your pet.
Most veterinarians try to avoid extracting fractured teeth at all costs. Often, it becomes the last option if the oral x-rays show that a root canal will not be a successful procedure. The diagnosis must show that the extraction of the fractured teeth is the only course of action to stop the pain.
After extracting the fractured teeth, the veterinarian will examine the surrounding bone to confirm that it is intact. After confirmation, the doctor will proceed to clean, disinfect, and fill the open area. This is done to prevent further bacterial contamination in the gums. A metal or lightly-colored tooth will be placed in the open space.
Expect your pet to have regular dental exams to keep the animal’s mouth healthy. Finally, avoid purchasing any chew toys that have a hard surface. If you cannot make an indentation onto the outer surface of the toy with your finger, then imagine what the toy will do to your pet's teeth.
Pet Dental Care in Etobicoke, ON
An extraction of fractured teeth can be a complicated dental procedure. Our veterinarians at Richview Animal Hospital in Etobicoke will provide the proper dental care that your furry friend needs to stop the pain. Call us today at (416) 245-8805 to schedule an appointment.