February is Pet Dental Health Month, so a couple weeks ago I went to the vet to have him check my teeth. My teeth are moderately dirty and I have a little bit of redness on my gums so Mom & the vet decided it was time for me to get my teeth cleaned. The vet said I needed one of my premolars extracted because it had a lesion or cavity. We also discussed the options for treating my broken canine tooth. I broke that tooth before coming to this forever home. By the way, why do felines have canine teeth? I think it should be called a feline fang. That sounds much more ferocious.
We consulted with a vet dentist to see if I could have a root canal on my broken tooth instead of pulling it. Vets don’t like to pull canine teeth because they have really deep roots and there can be complications when the teeth are pulled. But the vet dentist said the tooth was broken too long ago to do a root canal so the only treatment option was to pull it. Mom was a bit disappointed. A root canal would be much less traumatic for me and she though a gold crown would look fantastic with my gold eyes!
When I went to the vet this morning for my dental work, mom was still undecided about pulling the canine tooth because it’s rock solid in my jaw and doesn’t bother me at all. She and the vet agreed that if an x-ray or his probing showed any issues, he would remove that tooth. The x-ray showed that I had lost 2 to 3 mm of root from the tooth, so the vet decided to remove it. He said it came out without too much trouble and there weren’t any complications. He said my little premolar was just as hard to remove as that big tooth.
After a long day at the vet’s (6 hours) I’m home recovering. I will take antibiotics for 10 days and I got some pain medication for 5 days. As you can see, I’m still a bit groggy from the anesthesia but I’m sure I’ll look much better after a good night’s sleep.
I hope all of you have the opportunity to have your teeth looked at and have any problems treated. Besides the stinky breath from tartar and infection, bad teeth can effect your entire body, including your heart and kidneys. And bad teeth can hurt. We know it can be expensive to have a dental cleaning but early treatment and prevention of dental disease is well worth the expense so that you can live a healthier, and hopefully longer life.