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Tooth Extraction vs Root Canal

LifeofRubie

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Well, this Dingo has done it and has a couple of teeth that are broken.

The one is chipped vertically and builds up tartar pretty quickly so that one will need extracted (top left molar).

The molar directly below that one, she broke the tip off and there is some "pulp" showing (I believe is the term the vet used). That one can be extracted at the same time by our local vet or we can try and find a vet that does canine tooth reconstruction and go full root canal.

I think we're just leaning toward extraction for both for simplicity purposes but did want to ask if there was any real benefit to doing a root canal on a back molar beside vanity. If it were a front canine, I think we'd consider it but for a dog who isn't relying on molars for chewing off chunks of prey, quickest and simplest is best, right?

The quote for our local vet to extract two molars is about $800, adding a full scrape and polish for the rest of the teeth adds about $450 BUT our insurance should cover 90% of it. I believe root canals are getting into the $3000 range from what I've heard? Obviously we'll be going through and clear out the super hard chew toys we have lying around and probably buy a few "puppy bones" for her :rofl:

cuz she cute

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Oh Little Oji

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Personally, I'd go for the extractions.

As you alluded to, she should be able to eat just fine I would think; and she's probably not hitting any bite sleeves hardcore so I bet she'll get by without those teeth just fine. Poor thing. Scary to think this can happen!

I'm not hitting any sleeves either, so a little while back I went for extractions of the two rearmost upper molars. This, after having a root canal on one of them (the only one that I knew needed help) but uninformed me didn't realize what a multi-step hassle of a process the whole thing is, what with a crown fitting and crown installation and all the crap. They had to remove a lot of tooth to do the root canal, and I put off the subsequent procedures so after the pain and expense the root-canaled tooth got pulled.

I share that just to warn you that there might be a lot to a root canal in addition to the expense.
 

jazzies mum

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Poor Ruby. If the two molars are opposing then I don't see any point in root canal of one, plus extraction would be less hassle all around. I imagine there would have to multiple times under anaesthetic for root canal too.
 

LifeofRubie

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She get that from chewing on bones?

I suspect. We don't have any cute stuffed toys for the dogs because Rubie will swallow parts so it's just hard things lying around. Some are very, very dense so those have been tossed and she will probably not get too many raw meaty bones in the future. In lieu of blanket sucking, she self soothes by chewing the heck of the hardest thing nearby :facepalm:
 

Ravenbird

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So sorry you (and Rubie) have to go through this! Asha won't touch plastic or rubber chews, so she only gets Bully Sticks or raw Beef Ribs. I'd read never to give them weight bearing bones (any leg bones or hooves), so it's raw ribs only. I'm still paranoid about those, especially when I read stories like this one.
 

Oh Little Oji

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Is ice being able to crack a dog tooth a thing? It would not seem so, but in the back of my mind seems to be that thought – that I have heard that a couple times.
 

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