Is your dog refusing to eat food lately? Well, chances are something might not be wrong with his stomach but with its mouth. Just like us, canines also face problems related to teeth, gums and the tongue.
In this article, you will learn more about a dog’s tooth root abscess and what you as their owner can do about it.
What is tooth root abscess?
The root of a broken tooth develops an infection around its root causing severe pain and this is what tooth root abscess is.
What are the causes of tooth root abscess?
The main cause of tooth root abscess is infiltration of bacteria around the tooth’s root canal. A dog will suffer from this condition if their tooth breaks by chewing on hard nylon toys or bones that’s tough to bite and break. Chewing on this continuously can break their tooth and expose the delicate tissue lying beneath the enamel. A periodontal disease may also lead to a tooth root abscess caused by poor oral hygiene. But, a cracked or broken tooth is the most common cause of a tooth root abscess.
What are the symptoms?
A dog may not be able to tell when it pains their teeth like we do. However, it may show other signs indicating there is something wrong with its teeth. Your dog may hesitate to chew on his toys or may pull away from you if you try to caress its head. As a pet parent, you will definitely notice if your dog is chewing from only one side of his mouth or if it drops food when chewing from the affected side. Some dogs may rub their affected side on the ground or try to ease the pain by pawing it continuously. So, be watchful of such actions in your dog.
How can it be diagnosed?
If you have noticed some of the symptoms mentioned above, it is vital that you take your dog to a veterinarian quickly. If you delay in getting your dog examined you may end up risking their overall health. In some instances, where there are visible signs of tooth damage, the diagnosis process
will be simple and straightforward. Take your furry friend to a veterinarian and you’ll be asked to get some dental X-rays done to determine the extent of the damage.
What is the treatment?
Dogs suffering from a tooth root abscess are in a lot of pain, therefore treat this as soon as possible. A veterinarian will give a prescription for the condition by examining them thoroughly. To control the infection from spreading to other areas, antibiotics will be prescribed and painkillers will also be given to ease the pain. Dog owners will have to bear in mind that the medicines will only help with the symptoms and not the underlying tooth injury.
A dog suffering from an abscessed tooth can be treated with two options. The first option is carrying out a root canal treatment. The second option is extracting the affected tooth.
The root canal treatment will save the affected tooth, but its chances of being successful depends upon the condition of the affected tooth and the surrounding tissue. Some expert practitioners can perform a root canal treatment, but some veterinarians who have little experience in such cases will refer a pet owner to someone with the required dental expertise.
If there is a significant bone loss around the socket of the affected tooth or if the crown of the tooth appears to be affected, the veterinarian may suggest extraction of the affected tooth. The veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics and painkillers for a short or long duration depending upon the severity of the surrounding tissue condition. He may also suggest some changes in diet post-surgery which will help your dog recover fast.
You will have to take their dog to the vet for regular dental checkups. It is vital that a dental examination is carried out every six months to make sure your dog’s teeth and gums are fine. And while you are at it, make sure you get proper advice from the veterinarian on what will be an ideal diet, how to calm them down when using pet clippers and the recommended exercise time to make sure their physical health is maintained.