cat has a fractured canine tooth and the vet wants to extract it?!

Lindsey SmithLindsey Smith Venice/TampaMember Posts: 1
Just recently within the past week, week and a half my cat fractured her upper canine its small and almost in a crescent moon shape we took her to the vet today and she told us she wants to extract it even though it is a healthy tooth minus the fracture. She never said anything about root canal therapy or filling it. So I don't know if we should get it done (they want to do it next Thursday) or not. I would much rather her be able to keep her tooth she is only four! I don't know any vets that can fill it, we live in Tampa, FL so if anyone knows a vet that can fill her tooth please let me know!

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  • Leanne FroebelLeanne Froebel Member Posts: 1,730
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    There are veterinary dentists. You certainly have the right to ask for a referral. Here's a link to one in the Tampa Bay area: http://www.thepetdentist.com/index.php Be aware that a consult with a specialist will be more expensive than your regular vet and does not guarantee that the specialist will be able to save the tooth.
  • patricia ponivaspatricia ponivas Las Vegas, NVMember Posts: 51,847
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    Mr Fez is right there are cat dentists out there. It will be more expensive to keep the tooth. You can't just fill a fractured tooth, it usually needs to be cleaned and a crown put on it. Try calling around for a kitty dentist.
  • Lisa DaversLisa Davers SacramentoMember Posts: 3,642
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    If you do a consult with a specialist dental vet they can at least do an assessment and give you their expert opinion about the tooth and what the options are. If they agree that removing it is the best option then you can just go ahead with your vet but you'll at least know it was the right thing to do. Recently Freckles had dental xrays to identify an infected root and we discovered that even though she has no teeth left she has a lot of roots. The vet took out the big canine root but advised consulting a specialist about the others to figure out what to do. The specialist reviewed the x-rays and examined Freckles mouth and confirmed the other roots were not infected and were just being gradually absorbed back into the bone. The consult cost just $65 and confirmed that doing nothing was the right approach. I'd definitely recommend getting a consult for Haleigh with the dental specialist.
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