Abbey has been a dear patient of mine for her whole life. She is a shy, quiet girl with a big hug and gentle lean into you every time you see her. I love her dearly and look forward to seeing er every time she visits. She came to see me for her annual physical exam and vaccines in the end of February this year. On her exam I noticed that she had a slab fracture to the outside of her premolar tooth. This is one of the most common dental injuries vets see. It also leads to infection if left untreated.
The only real long term treatment to resolve the pain, infection and subsequent issues a broken tooth can cause (never min this being the largest tooth in the mouth) is to extract it under general anesthesia. It is a difficult tooth to remove, takes time and skill, and is therefore not a cheap, quick or easy procedure.
Here is the breakdown of Abbeys dental cleaning and PM4 extraction.
i.v. catheter, i.v. fluids, i.v. fluid pump, surgical instruments, anesthesia $300
scale and polish stage 2 $95
injectable antibiotic $26
dental radiographs $75
PM4 extraction ith gingival flap $95
local nerve block $30
additional medications to go home $100
Abbeys story was posted with her families permission.
I thank them for allowing us to share it.