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Old 09-24-2009, 09:30 AM
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Default Root canal versus extraction?

So one of my beagles has a fractured tooth, the molar way in the back. It's a tooth that seems to be quite functional for a dog. Vet said we could either do an extraction or a root canal. Is one option better than the other?
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:04 AM
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I had just an extraction done on my dog... I think the same tooth your talking about.

About a month later now and he has healed perfectly and is eating normal and everything, it doesnt seem to affect him too much.

It is really a personal decision and no decision is the right one but Ill tell you the reason I chose extraction.

A root canal is not a guarantee that an extraction will not be needed in the future. I didnt want to put him through the pain of surgery only to have to do it again soon.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:09 AM
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Critter had the same tooth removed...doesn't even notice.


I agree with PM...I'd hate to have to put a dog through that twice if the RC doesn't work long term.
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:49 AM
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Thanks for the responses so far. My wife just sent me a picture of the fractured tooth. It's the tooth on top with the big dark mark. Those are the roots.

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Old 09-24-2009, 01:26 PM
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Ok..I was just told that he can get a root canal, but only service dogs get crowns.

???
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:29 PM
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I would just go with the extraction. as in the future it may still needed to be done any way. id get a tooth cleaning done as well, since he will be under getting it done, instead of putting him under twice (if its possible)
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:45 PM
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Thanks, I'm just concerned that it's an important tooth he uses for chewing. It's a pretty big tooth.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:53 PM
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Ok..I was just told that he can get a root canal, but only service dogs get crowns.

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I don't know where that info comes from. Any dog can get crowns. Most don't because they do OK without it and because crowns are seriously expensive.

The extraction should be fine. I was worried about it with Morgan, and the same night she was eating and playing with toys with no issues at all.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:58 PM
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I don't know where that info comes from. Any dog can get crowns. Most don't because they do OK without it and because crowns are seriously expensive.

The extraction should be fine. I was worried about it with Morgan, and the same night she was eating and playing with toys with no issues at all.

Weird, right? What's the point of getting a root canal if there is no crown put on?

About a $700 difference between the extraction and the crown. Like I said, I just want to make sure he could still be the toy-ripping, meaty bone destroyer that he is.
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Old 09-24-2009, 03:14 PM
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Update for those following along...

Spoke with the vet. Said extraction is the way to go. Root canal would only be for aesthetic purposes.
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