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Old 03-16-2012, 12:24 AM
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Angry Abcessed tooth

Can anyone help me out I have been gong threw this for two years. I have been to 3 vets. The first one pulled her molar but left the root.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:28 AM
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Re: Abcessed tooth

OH MY GOODNESS your poor dog !
Ok, so the first vet pulled out the tooth and left the root, what have the subsequent vets recommended or done ?
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:41 AM
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Re: Abcessed tooth

I'm thinking your regular Vet did the extraction. If it was my dog, I'd be booking an appointment with a Vet who specializes in dental work. Poor dog, that looks awfully painful.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:32 AM
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Re: Abcessed tooth

Yeah, if the root is still there with any pulp matter intact, it certainly serves as a source of infection and further periodontal problems. However, if the portion of the root is micro and does not contain pulp matter the body will either encapsulate the foreign matter or push it out, which it will then work it's way to the surface and it will eventually come out on it's own. I would not take any chances, get a second opinion, and opt to take it out if necessary. I agree with the previous post to have your dog evaluated by a specialist. Let us know what happens and how your dog is doing.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:00 AM
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Re: Abcessed tooth

My Mom's JRT had something similar come up and it ended up being a piece of bark/wood that the vet thinks got in thru the gum/cheek. The vet thinks he chewed a piece of wood and a larger (not huge) splinter went into his cheek or gum and it worked its way to the outside surface! It swelled up and initially they thought it was a tooth.

After pulling the tooth and putting him on antibiotics, it didn't get better. The vet decided to lance it and found some small wood splinters in the pus. Needless to say, they keep a better eye on him now.

After three vets though - you definitely need to go to a specialist and don't leave until they investigate everything that may be causing the problem.
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