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What is Tooth Removal?

Whilst many canine dental problems can be solved with a proper cleaning of the mouth, sometimes a more drastic solution is required to ensure the dog's wellbeing. Surgical removal of a tooth is usually seen as a last resort after all other treatment methods have been found ineffective.

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Tooth Removal Procedure in Dogs

A general anesthetic is required before surgery can proceed. The vet will then assess the root structure of the tooth using ultrasound imaging in order to plan the extraction. The tooth is usually pulled out by pulling back the gums and using a drill to dislodge the root from its mooring in the jawbone. An incision along the base of the gums may be required to assist in this. Once freed from the jawbone, the tooth can be pulled out and any root fragments removed with tweezers. The final step is to suture the wound closed and apply gauze to stem the bleeding. The procedure should usually take no more than an hour in total.

Efficacy of Tooth Removal in Dogs

By extracting the entirety of the affected tooth, surgical removal will usually eliminate the problem altogether (although antibiotics will be required in the event of infection). Whilst other teeth may be at risk of developing similar problems (especially if the dog has poor dental health in general), the vet will almost certainly go over some preventative options with the owner.

Tooth Removal Recovery in Dogs

Following surgery, the dog will require a regular dosage of painkillers due to the fact that several nerve endings will have been severed during the procedure. In the hours immediately after the operation, it will be necessary to pack the area of the mouth affected with gauze in order to mitigate the bleeding. Furthermore, owners should monitor their dog over the next few weeks to make sure that they are recovering properly. Warning signs include wincing and continued bleeding (caused by the wound opening up again), as well as facial swelling (which is indicative of an infection). There will be a couple of follow-up visits required in order for the vet to check that the incision is healing properly and to remove sutures. All told, the healing process should take approximately a month to complete.

Cost of Tooth Removal in Dogs

The price of tooth extraction can cost anywhere between $500 and $800. The cost of the procedure fluctuates depending on the overall health of the individual dog and the potential complexity of the required removal.

Dog Tooth Removal Considerations

Whilst a tooth extraction is a relatively quick and straightforward operation, there are a couple of aspects that may give some dog owners pause for thought. The first is the necessity of general anesthetic - something that can be especially dangerous to older dogs (who are also the most likely to require the operation). Second is the question of whether extraction is appropriate in their specific case. Whilst it may appear to be the most decisive way in which to deal with an infected tooth, owners should look to antibiotics and dental treatments as a primary mode of care before moving for extraction.

Tooth Removal Prevention in Dogs

Although some types of infections (such as those incurred from injuries) are unforeseeable, maintaining a good standard of dental health in your dog will prevent the most common conditions that precipitate tooth extraction. Ensuring that your animal eats good quality food and receives a regular dental cleaning will prevent the buildup of harmful grime and bacteria in the mouth, saving them from the pain of tooth decay and infection. 

Tooth Removal Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Norman
Aussie-doodle
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Retained Deciduous Canines (Lower)

My 1yo Australian Shepard/Poodle Mix ("AussieDoodle") has an extra set of lower canine teeth. We initially thought these were just deciduous (baby) teeth that were not falling out with the eruption of his adult teeth, but at our last visit for vaccinations, the Vet expressed some concern that they needed to be removed. He is not exhibiting any complications from the extra set of teeth, but we do not won't this to jeopardize his health moving forward. What advice would you give? Thanks!

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Snickers
Mix
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath

I took my 13 year old 30 pound rescue mix to get his teeth cleaned without anesthesia at our local pet store where they offer this gentle cleaning once a month. upon examination, they advised he has pretty bad infection and needs several teeth pulled; that they wouldn't be able to do the gentle cleaning because it would be too painful. i know the cost won't be affordable for us, but also concerned about his age and putting him under. what if we just treated him with antibiotics and left the teeth? he also has an autoimmune disease which leaves his nose crusty all the time (we've tried all sorts of things for this). He is otherwise healthy, eats well, and regularly hikes with me 2-3x a week and seems happy and not in pain.

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Oliver
Poodle
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

pawing

Medication Used

antibiotics and rimadyl

My 13 yo toy poodle, Olive had 3 extractions during a dental. One tooth has developed a hole in it and it didn't heal properly. When I brought him in for a re-check bc he was shaking his head, she said he was healing just fine. I took him again yesterday bc I noticed a hole above the site and food was caught in there.
The vet now says he needs to back under where she can scrape away scar tissue, and pull the top of the gum closed so to close the hole. I really don't want him to go under again and shouldn't this have been corrected two weeks ago, AND I don't think it should've happened in the first place. They also want to charge me again for this procedure.
Any advice on another option for my baby. Thanks Judie

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Gigi
Chihuahua
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

My 8 yr old chihuahua has loose teeth. Vet says they can only clean now under anesthetic. Or just remove them altogether. They are not infected or rotten. Is it necessary to pull them out? Or should I just have them clean ineder anesthetic?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Typically, we do dental cleanings for dog under anesthetic, as they don't hold their mouth open, and it isn't possible to do a good job with them awake. If the teeth are very loose, it may be best to have them removed during the dental cleaning, but your veterinarian would need to determine the health of the teeth to decide which teeth need to come out, and which teeth are healthy. Dogs do very well with fewer teeth, as they are probably painful if they are becoming loose. I hope that all goes well for Gigi.

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Judah
Shigtzu/Maltese
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Adopted a male Shihtzu/Maltese from BARK. All of his teeth except 2 molars had been removed. His tongue keeps hanging out of his mouth and he pushes it back in with his paw. Can anything be done to help him with the hanging out tongue?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different causes for a dog’s tongue to hang out, commonly this is caused by trauma which leaves the dog unable to retract their tongue into their mouth. Neurological injury is normally irreversible especially over a long time frame; an examination by your Veterinarian would be needed to check for any other possible cause of the tongue hanging out but I am unable to think of another cause apart from jaw or dental anomalies. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We know his tongue hangs out because of having no teeth but we want to know if anything can be done about it for him?

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Chico
Chorkie
5 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Brown teeth
Loose teeth
Teeth missing
bad breath
trouble eating

My dog is a 5 year old Chorkie abd I think he has rotten teeth. When I try to clean them they move too easily, they are brown, and many are missing. I'm afraid he will have to have all of his teeth removed. I live in North Carolina and I'm a student so I can't pay for any procedures until I work my summer job. At most, how much would it cost to get the procedure done? And is there anything I can do for him until then?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, there isn't any way to give Chico relief from dental disease or pain until he can have veterinary care. Feeding him soft food may help to make sure that he isn't hurting. Most veterinary clinics offer Care Credit to cover the cost of unexpected procedures like this, and it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at his mouth and give you an idea as to what the cost may be to help him.

Check out Banfield Hospital at Petsmart. If you are on a wellness plan you can usually have a tooth extraction for $300 with teeth cleaning included. With the wellness plan you’re paying throughout the year for your pups basic needs.

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Sophie
Cockapoo
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye

My 12 year cockapoo has a very swollen eye and I took her to the vet and he said that she has to have her tooth extracted. It will cost $1,000.00 Is this absolutely necessary? She is on antibiotics, but the Vet insists that it must come out? Will this work? What if we do nothing? I don't want her to be pain, however I just want to make sure it will be necessary as she will go through so much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sophie it is difficult to say whether this is the best course of action or not; infected teeth and abscesses may cause issues with surrounding structures including the eye; if you’re not happy with the treatment plan offered by your Veterinarian you should visit another Veterinarian in your area for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tyson
Chihuahua
7 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Pain he keeps pawing at his mouth

Tooth removal my dog got his teeth pulled tge other day he keeps trying to claw at his mouth and yelps in pain and gets blood on his paws i dont know what to do im scared please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dental extractions can be painful, you should try placing a cone on him to prevent him from pawing at his mouth; you should also discuss pain relief with your Veterinarian (don’t try aspirin as this thins the blood and may make bleeding worse). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lila
Lab/Pit mix
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

None. Diagnosed during regular check

My 3 year lab mix has two broken molars on the top in the back. One has a loose broken piece and the other is broken off. She doesn't seem to be in pain and they are not infected. My vet has recommended extraction of those teeth. Is this necessary? I have booked the extractions to be performed in a couple of weeks, but I'm so conflicted. Will she still be able to eat her dry food after? She loves to chew, has always chewed and probably broke them that way.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lila likes to chew and that is great, but if the damaged teeth are left it may open the door to problems later on; I don’t know the exact details of the tooth fractures but exposed pulp cavities and other problems can cause larger problems in the future. After Lila has the teeth removed she would require a soft diet for a few days before returning to the kibbles. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucky
Doberman Pinscher Mix
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling and abscess under right eye

Hi, my wife and I recently discovered that our dog Lucky has a Carnassial tooth abscess under his eye. We have been doing research and looked into having a vet remove the tooth. One of the first vets we called are right down the road and we set an appointment for it to potentially be removed in 10 days. They said that they couldn't quote us a price and that they charge per minute of the operation and it could take seconds or an hour depending how bad it's is. They told us that the cost per minute is $3.00 and I know that there are other fees such as anesthesia, etc. My question is, is that a good price? Can that be right or are they most likely also charging a big fee per tooth or something? Because from the research I've done, it seems to be an expensive procedure and that seems to be a really good price. So if that's true what other fees would they most likely be charging. And lastly in general for this type of thing, is waiting 10 day before they can remove the tooth okay for the dog? Like is 10 days and okay time frame for Lucky to have his tooth removed? Or should it be done as soon as possible? Sorry for all the questions and thank you in advance for any help you can give.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Billing is one of those issues which vary from practice to practice; I’ve seen practices with all inclusive pricing and other practices which itemise everything from each syringe and needle used up (plus charge for a Veterinarian or Technician to use it) to a $15 charge for connecting the patient to a pulse oximeter, there was one practice where I gained work experience as a student which charged per resuscitation attempt! You would need to speak with the specific practice to know whether or not they have other charges or not as ‘backend’ pricing varies widely. Ten days is a long time, especially if no medical management is done in the meantime; however it shouldn’t be detrimental to Lucky’s health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Apollo
Mixed
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

see above

My dog is a Lab/Rott mix, 10 years old and one of his back molars is pink, soft, and loose. The shape is like a tooth but it is abnormal in color and texture. Do you know what this could be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Discolouration of the teeth like you are describing may be due to tooth resorption, trauma (bleeding in the pulp of the tooth) or a systemic disease; it would be best to have Apollo checked by his Veterinarian to make sure there isn’t any other disease process going on here and to remove the tooth if it is loose so that it doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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KC
Weimaraner
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

None. Diagnosed during regular check

Medication Used

Proin

My 10 year old Weimaraner has a decayed molar that was discovered on the xrays at her last dental cleaning. The vet thinks it should be removed, but I am concerned about the post-anesthesia or post surgical issues at her age. Should I just wait to see if it gets infected or if she appears to be in pain, or be proactive and have it removed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst ten is old for a Weimaraner it isn’t too old, risks associated with surgery and anaesthesia can be mitigated with preanaesthetic blood tests (check liver and kidney function), complete physical examination and good management throughout the process. It would be better to have the tooth removed now rather than when something is complicating what is essentially a simple tooth extraction. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Apollo
Miniature Pinscher
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Chewing

My Mini pinscher is 1 1/2 years old and he still has his two baby fang teeth. He often gets food trapped in them and has bad breath. If is it suggested we remove them even if it doesn't look like it bothers him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is typically a good idea to remove those retained baby teeth, as food and debris does get caught between them, and can cause the healthy adult tooth to develop bacterial disease at the root. I hope that everything goes well with him.

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Captain
Collie
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

dog broke his upper canine tooth

My 1 year 7 month old collie puppy broke the tip off his upper canine tooth and fractured the front part of it below the gumline. Should his tooth be removed or can the fractured part be removed and it with the broken tip be sealed to prevent decay and pain? If the tooth must be removed how long before the new bone forms and how much risk will be in the jaw for a future jaw fracture? When can he return to his normal rough play after extraction? Thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Captain, and his tooth, I'm not sure the best course of action, but if part of the tooth is broken below the gumline, it may have to be extracted, or have a root canal. If the tooth is removed, new bone will not form in that spot - the tooth will be gone. If you have a root canal performed, he will maintain that tooth with normal function. It would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian to assess the level of damage, and discuss possible alternatives for treatment. I hope that he does well!

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sadie
Mix
14 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Heavy Breathing

Medication Used

Metacam
Amoxicillin

Our dog had 4 teeth extracted 1 week ago and has not been her energetic self since then and a few days before. Our vet keeps telling us it is just due to age but up until then she went for 1 to 2 2 mile walks per day and appeared to have no difficulty getting around. Now we cannot leave the yard without her getting fatigued, sometimes needing to be carried inside. While inside she lays in front of the fan, breathing seems heavy, the only thing she is still somewhat interested in is food. We really want her to get back to her happy interactive self.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Older dogs can take longer to fully recover from anesthesia and surgical procedures, but your description of what Sadie is doing is concerning after a full week. It would be a good idea to have a recheck for her, as your veterinarian can listen to her heart and lungs, check her pulses, and make sure that nothing else is going on and that she is just slow to recover from her procedure. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Bo
German Shepherd Dog
1 Year 8 months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Low Energy
Swelling

I have a German Shepherd named Bo. He is a year and 8 months old and 120 lbs. He has a bottom canine broken and has recently been experiencing some pain and even swelling on the bottom jaw. The vet gave some antibiotics but once they ran out, the problem came right back. There aren’t any veterinary dentists near by, leaving extraction as the primary option. In a dog as young as Bo, would this be a good choice? I hate that he is in pain. Just want to help my buddy out.

Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/treatment/tooth-removal#

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgical extraction of the tooth may be the best option if you don’t have any Veterinarians who are willing to do any other dental procedure apart from extraction. You wouldn’t be doing any favours for Bo continuing like this and extraction would be a cure all solution. I’ve included a link below to a directory of board certified Veterinary Dentists in case you find one near you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.avdc-dms.org/dms/list/diplomates-map.cfm

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Abbey
Labrador Retriever
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Broken tooth
Chipped Tooth
Bleeding

What can be done for my girls broken bottom canine tooth? I believe she did it on her wire kennel this morning. It is bleeding off and on and isn’t eating or drinking very much. I have done some research and it seems like either removal or a root canal are the only options. Which is best and how much will it cost?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Abbey and her tooth, I cannot comment on the best therapy for her. Cost varies by location. The best thing to do is to have her seen by your veterinarian - they can look at the tooth, discuss with you the best course of action, and get her taken care of. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Bella
Poodle
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

some bleeding

My dog, Bella, just had all her teeth removed. White miniature poodle, 11 yrs old....face is dirty with the blood from surgery. They tried to clean her. Can I run water over her with no soap or should I wait?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At this point it would be best to use a lint free damp cloth to gently (I stress gently) wipe the blood from around her mouth; pouring water over her may get into her mouth which may remove a clot causing more bleeding. If you wipe her mouth with a cloth, remember that pushing on the lips will push on the gums which in turn will cause pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Guinnie
Rhodesian Ridgeback
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My large breed dog is 13. After a few minutes chewing on her raw bone marrow, her cheek swelled up. Vet and Specialist said she would need to do an extraction of the tooth with the abscess (no swelling currently) and most likely several other teeth that looks chipped and smaller ones in front that are dead and slightly infected, He also thinks the other side will swell as well at one point. My dog doesn't appear to be in any pain, breath smells fine. I'm afraid at 13 to have to put her through anesthesia. Her recent blood work last month came back clean, thyroid test also was fine. A year and a half ago she came down with an autoimmune disease and it was a very long and difficult recovery but she is doing well. (Still don't know what caused it) She eats well, exercises daily, and although she is more fragile and arthritic at age 13, overall she appears to be in good health (no meds). I worry if this is something that should be done and how risky it is. I would do this procedure with a specialist and not a regular vet. He said he would only keep her under anesthesia for no more than 1 hour. That sounds really long to me. She is so important to me and wonder how necessary it is to put her through this? I also have yet to find any info online where a dog didn't have a extraction done after a tooth abscess.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any suitability for general anaesthesia is down to the Veterinarian performing the procedure; whilst Guinnie is a senior dog and past the breed average life expectancy, if she is otherwise in good health and has been cleared for anaesthesia by your Veterinarian there should be few concerns on your side. However, if the dental extractions are not done an abscess can get larger, destroy bone and cause other complications if it cannot be medically managed; your Veterinarian would be able to tell you more. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peaches
Cockapoo
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loose tooth
Mild pain
Odor
Dark gums

Medication Used

None

My Cockapoo is 9 years old and I think she has a tooth abscess in her back molar. It is loose and her gums above the tooth are black. It hurts for her to chew on that side. Do you have any idea how much this is going to cost me? I will pay whatever it takes. I was just wonder how much it will cost me if it is a tooth abscess and she needs it extracted. We live in Illinois. Thanks, Heather

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The blackening of the gums may be due to a normal pigmentation that you haven’t noticed before or it may be connected to the tooth. Tooth extraction and treatment of an abscess may cost between $500 to $1,500 depending on severity; I can only give a wide ball park figure as I haven’t examined Peaches, call your Veterinarian in the morning and ask them for a price which would be more accurate than I can give you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dogs front two teeth are loose. She is 11 and has never allowed us to brush her teeth. Will they have to be removed?

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Bane
Lab/ pit mix
4.5
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge
Acting strange
Fever unknow
Biting and licking around his legs and but

Medication Used

Ciprofloxacin

Is it normal for a dog to run a fever after having the 4th top premolar extracted? He just had it done yesterday and was prescribed antibiotics. He just seems distressed and his ears feel warm to the touch. Has the infection spread or is spreading? Should I take him back to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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People usually associate fever with infection, but inflammation and allergies may also cause an increase in body temperature. Dogs have a higher body temperature than humans and are usually warm to the touch; if Bane is in pain there may be an increase in blood circulation to the ear leading to an increase in heat loss from that extremity. It seems that Bane is on ciprofloxacin which is a widely used antibiotic; I cannot tell you whether or not for certain that Bane has a fever, I would check his rectal temperature to get a core temperature reading which shouldn’t be above say 103°F. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fidelity
Italian Greyhound
7 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No potty or water

My 7 year old Italian Greyhound had 9 teeth removed today two feel out on their own total of 11. It's been about 8 hours since I picked her up, they told me too try and give her water and if she doesn't throw up try food. I can't get her to eat or drink anything she hasn't got up to go potty either. Is this normal because the pain meds, procedure, and soreness?? What should I do or try in the morning, Shes gonna need more pain meds soon? Kinda scaring me!! She is alert and kinda whines when she wakes up but I pet her back to sleep.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dental extractions can be painful and it may be a case that Fidelity just has a lot of oral pain and isn’t wanting to eat or drink; you can try to give water little by little with a syringe and is more important than food at this point. If you are unable to get Fidelity to drink and she is showing signs of pain or distress you should return to your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lady
Basset Hound
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Medication Used

Rimadyl Caplets 100mg
Clindamycin 150mg

Hello!
We noticed our 6 month Basset Hound puppy had swelling on her nose. We assumed it was a bee sting. Thankfully, later that night we noticed it was an abscess from a tooth. Her baby teeth have been falling out over the past month. We did notice one of the teeth found was particularly bloody. When we inspected at the time it looked okay. However, now we think a ball she was playing with broke her tooth. It is now very nasty looking with bruising and inflammation and when we took her to the vet they glanced at it and recommended removal. She didn't have an x-ray done. We got pain medication and antibiotics and said we would call back with a decision. Should we wait to see how she does on the antibiotics or go ahead and schedule the surgery? I am worried if we wait too long the infection may cause serious problems but I don't want to jump into surgery if it is not needed. Thank you for your help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without looking at the tooth and the facial swelling myself I am unable to determine whether the tooth should be removed or if a medical management option should be done; you can try with the antibiotics to see if there is any improvement as long as the tooth isn’t causing issues with eating and drinking. The antibiotics should keep an infection in check for the meantime but you should consider surgery, especially if there is a chance the tooth is damaged. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Paris
Chihuahua
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Gums black
bad breath
Rotting teeth

I think my boyfriend's 11 year old chihuahua will need to have her teeth taken out because they appear to be rotting and aligned strangely. How much would that probably cost in NYC? She's about 4 pounds. She doesn't show any particular symptoms of pain, but sometimes her body feels hot to the touch, her gums are blackened, and her breath is not good. She also licks at the air a lot, but apparently she has always done that...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cost of tooth extractions vary even within a city, the best way to get an accurate quotation is to call two or three local Veterinarians for prices. Online, there is little information which I can reference for you; I found one clinic in Brooklyn which quotes per tooth removal of Incisor: $30, Molar: $50-60, Canine: $90 and up (link below) but these prices still vary depending on the individual animal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.fullpetservices.com/procedures-and-prices/ (dentistry prices are at the bottom of the page)

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Lucky
Dascheund
14 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

discomfort

Lucky is 14-16 years old. We found him as a stray and he was in bad shape with a dislocated jaw and very bad gum disease. They removed all of his teeth besides the two front ones. As of recently, I noticed his two front teeth has been sticking out and his tongue. It seemed really strange to me to see his two front teeth to be showing on the sides of his mouth and tongue popping out. The dental operation to remove his teeth was expensive and I felt afterwards that maybe my local vet charged more than he should have. I was a desperate owner trying to save this dog but now have been reading about many Vets that overcharges for unnecessary procedures. I am now afraid of going to local vets even after checking for reviews on local websites.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with review websites is people normally use them to make a comment when they are unhappy because a Veterinarian was unable to save their pet, they believe they were overcharged without checking whether the pricing was normal, when their emotional or didn’t understand what they were told; there are many articles online about the inaccuracy of online reviews in the veterinary industry, very few people go on review websites to leave positive feedback. Anyway, when teeth are removed, other teeth may move and since there are fewer teeth, the tongue may pop out; regardless of your feelings, you should visit a local Veterinarian for an examination if you have any concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Poodle x Lhasa Apso
Five Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Fever. Lack of appetite. Limping

My dog began limping and the vet told us it was due to an abscessed tooth. They removed the tooth and it has been a bit over a month now and she is still limping with recurring fevers almost every other day or so. The vet kept saying to keep giving her antibiotics etc, but she is not getting better and it seems like they are not diagnosing the real issue at hand. We were planning to get her spayed once she got better but it is not happening. We have spent over a thousand dollars and I do not have any money at the moment to continuously keep getting a run around. Do you think it is a much more internal issue or is there something we can do? Currently feeling helpless.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I don’t believe that the limping is related to the dental issue and think they are two separate issues which should be addressed separately; there are many causes for limping but without examining Sophie I cannot say what the specific cause for the limping is. If you’re not getting far with treatment, you may want to consult another Veterinarian in your town for an examination to get other point of view on the condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toby
Chihuahua
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My chihuahua is 4yrs old. He is a rescue dog. At 2yrs old he needed a stage 3 cleaning and all of his front teeth removed canine to canine top and bottom. At 3 yrs he needed another cleaning and 4 teeth removed. Now he's 4yrs old and I believe he needs another cleaning. His breath is awful and he is constantly smacking his lips all day which makes me think he's in pain. But I think maybe it's time to remove all of his teeth. They are all brown and I think it will make him a lot healthier. What do you think..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Toby’s teeth are rotten or are not salvageable with a cleaning, it would be best to have them removed; we always prefer to save teeth if possible but in some cases it is best to have them removed. If the teeth only need cleaning, I would recommend having them cleaned and then at home on a regular basis, clean the teeth with some dog toothpaste and a brush. Lip smacking may be due to different issues including acid reflux, so may be unrelated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dogs tooth has littledecay but skin under it's black sensitive to touch

I have a German Shepherd named Bo. He is a year and 8 months old and 120 lbs. He has a bottom canine broken and has recently been experiencing some pain and even swelling on the bottom jaw. The vet gave some antibiotics but once they ran out, the problem came right back. There aren’t any veterinary dentists near by, leaving extraction as the primary option. In a dog as young as Bo, would this be a good choice? I hate that he is in pain. Just want to help my buddy out.

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Belle
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
7 Years
Mild condition
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Took our 7 year old Wirehaired Pointing Griffon for dental consult after yearly shots. She has some discoloration on 2 front canines with darker color near gumline. We brush her teeth 2-3x weekly and give dental treats. We requested dental cleaning and X-rays PRN. The vet hospital would not X-ray her teeth until day of cleaning, after ISO sedation- scheduled next week. (Strange- no oral or injection sedative for X-rays the day of consult). They said her teeth were in good shape to be 7 yo and wanted to grade her teeth a 1, but hesitantly graded them a “low 2” due to discoloration. Estimate of total- $850-1000 or so, incl potential extraction.
Their policy is EXTRACTION ONLY if they find internal problem with tooth, however, no restoration whatsoever. This gives us concern, as we absolutely do not want her to be in pain or suffer, but also do not want teeth extracted unnecessarily. We also cannot afford $4000 for doggie dental. (Reality).
We were given info on vet dental specialist over 2 hours away after I had multiple questions about our furchild’s care. Called this vet dentist to find out exorbitant pricing ($2200 for consult, X-rays, sedation and cleaning ONLY)—Before any potential restoration- this adds on thousand(s) more depending on # of teeth and problem, bringing total likely around $4000 or more.

We are at a disadvantage. Please advise, help! Should we go with local vet and risk their extraction policy/ protocol or try to sell something (Lol) to come up with literally thousands for restoration?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst owners want to keep all their dog’s teeth, sometimes it is cost prohibitive and extraction is a better alternative to pain or complications from infections etc… Restorative Dentistry is great and I found it interesting in Vet School but for most people it is not practical and in reality a dog doesn’t need to hunt and kill for their kibbles and treats. This all comes down to cosmetics versus function, I would take function (and pain free) over having a full mouth of teeth. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BooBoo
Yorkshire Terrier
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth Decay, Cyst on Lip

Hello, Our 7 year old yorkie has some tooth decay and will need surgery to have some teeth removed. I have read some of our great dental advice here so my questions for the most part have been answered so thank you ! The one thing that I would like to know is whether we should have to switch to soft foods only going forward or can he continue to eat his tiny nibble hard food ? Oh another question, will his tongue definitely hang out of his mouth if he has no front teeth or does it depend on dog ? Sorry that is two questions. Thanks for your help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We’re happy you have gotten most of your answers from the website. If there is pain whilst eating, you should switch to a wet food until you see your Veterinarian; but if dental work is done, there should be no reason not to feed dry food if BooBoo has enough teeth. The tongue shouldn’t hang out if all front teeth are removed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mattie
Terrier mix
14 Years
Moderate condition
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My rescue is a 14 year old terrier mix is Who has always had problems with her teeth and gums. The vet has recommended extracting all of her teeth as her whole mouth is infected. She wants me to sign a waiver that I would not hold her responsible if she does not make it from surgery. I know that she is very uncomfortable and is becoming very cranky and somewhat aggressive. I really don’t know what to do As she still has a good appetite but know that she is in pain. I don’t want to cause her any more discomfort but adopted her when she was just a pup. Is it worth the risk? Any advice is appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is fairly standard for clients to acknowledge a waiver before surgery, as there is always a risk with anesthesia, and with surgery. Without examining Mattie, I can't comment on whether she does need all of her teeth out, but before having that extensive a procedure, it might be a good idea to seek a second opinion, just to confirm that it does need to be done. It is quite possible that all of her teeth are infected and causing her pain, and if you have a good relationship with your veterinarian, that is probably the right thing to do. Once you do figure out a treatment plan, I am sure that she will be much more comfortable.

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Tia
Pit Bull mix Dogo Argentino
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth licking

My dog has broken one her upper incisors. It was broken from catching a rock that my partner kicked, so it came with a considerable amount of force. From what I can see the majority of the tooth has broken off and shattered. I can see the pulp inside and it was also bleeding after it happened. We are taking her to a vet tomorrow as we can’t get her there until then, I am assuming that they will want to remove the tooth but of course I am not sure without speaking to them. The break is pretty close to the gum line, which concerns me as to how they will be able to remove it if this would be the chosen method, as it seems shattered. My question I guess would be what your experience with the situation would be? What are the general treatments available for this type of break and also a rough estimate of costs would be ideal. I live in Greece so I know the costs will vary considerably throughout different areas let alone countries but it would just be great to get a bit of knowledge beforehand to know what to expect as we are without insurance and obviously want to get her treated as soon as possible.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Typically, an injury like that would mean that that tooth will need to be extracted. Upper incisors are single rooted teeth, and are usually not terribly difficult to remove. She'll need an anesthetic, but otherwise should recover quite well. She may need to be on antibiotics, and pain medications after the surgery. I hope that all goes well for her.

Thank you so much! Would you be able to give me an estimate of how much this procedure costs where you are also? That would be great if you could.

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halo
Boxer Shepherd
4 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Inflamation

My 4 month old boxer mix just broke one of her top canine teeth playing tug of war, it is not bleeding but it is red. Luckily I have prescribed pain medicine from her spayed surgery last week so immediately I gave her one in case she started feeling pain. she seems to be fine but I'm not sure if it is urgent for me to take her to the vet right away. I also gave her a little salt water and placed an Elizabeth collar on her to avoid licking something that could infect the area.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Halo has broken her tooth so that you can see a spot of red in the tooth, that means that the pulp cavity is open, and the tooth may need to be removed to protect her adult teeth from disease. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to have the tooth looked at sooner vs. later.

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Oliver
West Highland White Terrier
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gum Abcess

My 10 yr old Westie had his teeth cleaned for the first time 7 months ago. Recently the vet noticed two "abscess" on his gums and would like to extract his teeth. I have 2 questions. First, should I have the teeth removed? Can I still feed his raw diet food after extraction? Not sure why he has had good oral health until I had his teeth cleaned, now he is having issues.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Oliver has had one dental cleaning in 10 years, there were probably some underlying issues that were being hidden by tartar and have come forth since the tartar was removed. Without seeing those teeth, I don't have any way to determine if they need to be extracted, but if your veterinarian feels that they are abscessed, it would be a good idea to have them removed. Dental x-rays may help to determine if the teeth need to come out.

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Banjo
Labrador Retriever
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lathartic
Not himself

Every two months my dog gets an infection. What could be causing this? After a dose of antibiotics he is good for almost two months and it comes back. He doesn't act like himself so I need to know if this could be a bad tooth problem as our vet is clueless.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the infection keep recurring in the mouth, it may be worth having some dental x-rays done to see what is happening below the gumline; otherwise it may be just the same infection flaring up again. If it keeps coming back, a culture and sensitivity test may be useful to see if there is a more appropriate antibiotic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BrandyBlù
Yorkshire Terrier
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Very very bad breath

My yorkie is 7..has had 2 dental cleansings and several teeth removed..his breath is horrible..his whole face smells bad..has no energy..eats poorly..often has stomach upsets..will ge benefit from total extraction..will the infection vanish?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Total tooth extraction will obviously removal all of BrandyBlu’s teeth but may not solve the oral hygiene issue; regular cleaning (twice daily) would be best and giving dental sticks would help too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nacho
miniature pinscher chihuahua
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Nose bleed
Loose teeth
bad breath

Nacho is 13 years old. Recently he started getting nose bleeds at night when he slept. When I took him to the vet. He told me that his nose bleeds were caused by his infected teeth. He told me that all of his teeth need to be removed in order for the nose bleeds to stop. He then pointed out to me that Nacho already had several teeth missing. Many of his teeth were really bad. Nacho is an older dog and he weighs 10 pounds. I was wonder what would be the best option for a dog his age. Moreover, what are some complicated that can occur?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At this point, removal of all of Nacho’s teeth is the best course of action; the teeth as they are may cause pain whilst eating leading to a decrease in appetite as well as the issues with infections which are extending up into the nasal cavity. I cannot see any other way forward and think you should have the teeth removed along with antibiotic treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dexter
Dachshund
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Licking

My dog Dexter just had a dental cleaning and had to have 3 teeth removed. Now he is licking his paws and surrounding area constantly and several hours later his mouth is still bleeding (with some blood coming out of his nose). Should I take him back to the vet? I’m just not sure what is typical after teeth removal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some bleeding after dental extractions is not unusual and may occur; the licking of the paws may be due to a variety of issues; try to prevent Dexter from licking his paws and licking increases saliva and will soften any blood clots. If the mouth is still bleeding the next day or you’re generally concerned visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luda
Mix
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loose tooth

I have a 4 1/2 year old Maltese/yorkie mix (ten and a half pounds). I brush her teeth every day. I went for her yearly check up last week and the vet noticed her one small front tooth was loose. She recommended that all of her front bottom teeth be pulled since "all small dogs lose their teeth any way." I am not comfortable with this assessment. Why would all the front teeth need to be pulled? The dog's gums or face are not swollen or infected. She is not drooling or showing any difficulty with eating or drinking. What do you recommend?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Luda’s teeth I cannot say for certain what I would do but if the teeth are well taken care of and are otherwise healthy I would try to keep healthy teeth as much as possible; if you’re not happy with the opinion of your Veterinarian you should visit another Veterinarian for their input on an appropriate course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ody
Havanese
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

inflam. of oral cavity tissues

I am wondering what a typical price would be for a full dental extraction for a dog with stomatitis. My dog is a 10 pound terrier poodle, havanese type mix. His teeth are fine but tongue, palate, gums are inflamed. Pulse antibiotic, 2x daily cleaning and vet dental cleaning have not resolved the problem.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are looking for an accurate price for full mouth extraction it would be best to call your local Veterinary Clinic or two or three in your area to get a ballpark figure since costs may vary widely from practice to practice, city to city and state to state. Depending on your location and your Veterinarian, in the States you may be looking around $3,000 to $5,000. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shandi
Basenji mix
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth pain

My dog is 15 years old. She had dental cleaning and seven extractions 8 months ago. Now, she has to have it again, as there are 4 more teeth that are rotten. Is that normal? Shouldn't they have noticed those teeth were bad the first time?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unless Shandi gets her teeth brushed regularly, it is normal for plaque and tartar to build up in her mough and cause periodontal disease. At 15, it is possible that she has a number of teeth that are diseased if she has not had regular dental cleanings throughout her life. The 4 teeth that need to be extracted may have been healthy 8 months ago, but may need to come out now. I hope that she does well with her dental cleaning!

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Gracie
Pit bull mix
13 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

swollen face

Gracie is 14 years old and has had little-no medical issues for the majority of her life. Last year, we found out that Gracie has Congenital Heart Disease and she has been on medicine ever since then. Earlier this week, we noticed that Gracie's face was starting to swell and so we made a vet appointment. When we went to the vet, he told us that she has an abscessed tooth and that he can give her pain medication and antibiotics, but he was afraid to do an extraction due to her age and her CHD. He said we can hope that the tooth drains with the help of the antibiotics, but I'm hesitant that he's not telling us the full story. What happens if we don't let her go under and let the tooth (hopefully) drain?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout knowing what kind of heart defect Gracie has, or what medications she is on, it is difficult for me to comment on what might happen. If she has an abcessed tooth, it may not improve with the antibiotics, or it may improve and then recur. It may be an ongoing problem. One option may be to have him refer you to a specialist who is comfortable doing the procedure, but without knowing more about her, that may not be an option. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Harley
Border Collie
20 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Seems normal

My dog chipped the corner of his tooth on a stone so a small area of the pulp has been exposed. When I went to the vet they said that the only option is to leave it or remove it but I read online that there should usually be an option of root canal therapy. He doesn’t seem to be showing pain or symptoms but I know that they cover pain well. I’m just asking as I would prefer him to keep the tooth as it is a canine as well but don’t want him to be in any pain

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the pulp is exposed, there is a risk of infection entering the pulp cavity and causing other issues including pain (dogs are stoic by nature and may hide pain); a vital pulpotomy or root canal should be done if you are wanting to keep the tooth. You should discuss this with your Veterinarian whether to preserve the tooth or extract it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your post. I am very scared about the tooth of my senior dog. This is all helpful information. My dog is 10 and a half years old, the love of my life, and has a rotten tooth. It is the smallest premolar, next to her canine. Her vet told me that my dog's teeth look incredible for her age and he has seen much worse. However, her tooth looks and smells very rotten to me and my intuition tells me it would be better to address the issue now rather than wait for it to get worse.

Pros: ^ overall health, crisis prevention, ↓ pain, she's the youngest she'll be right now.

Cons: anesthesia is risky and she could die, it could just fall out making a procedure unnecessary, I'm not sure which way is more stressful on her body.

Is there a completely safe way to address this issue with senior dogs? I understand anesthesia is necessary, but I'm really scared of losing my baby. I know it's probably impossible to tell without an examination, but is my vet right about simply continuing with her dental routine at home?

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