Message Number: YG3989 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-25 20:51:00 UTC
Subject: Re: broken tooth

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Steve Austin <kazpat1@j...> wrote:
> I feel bad, one of my ferrets had an accident and the upper canine
> is broken right at the gum line, so I am sure the root is
> exposed. She is in no pain, and just licking the area, when I saw
> tooth broken, it was hanging on by a "thread" so I pulled it
> off so that I don't have to worry about her choking on it. There
is no
> bleeding, and the gum looks bruised and a little torn.
> I know Dr. Williams has mentioned the complications involved in
> the canine teeth.
> My question- she is going to my regular vet tomorrow ( not a ferret
> if everything looks o.k., does the rest of the
> tooth need to be dug out with surgery ( in humans it would have to
> removed- root canal usually). Is it the same for ferrets?
> and if yes, then can a regular vet do it, or is it more
complicated with
> ferrets and I should go the extra distance to a
> ferret vet??
> Anyone else have this happen and have any advice?
> Thanks,
> Patty

my old man broke one of his canines off at the gum line. i can't
remember exactly how long he lived without it, but it must have been
6 months or more. he never did stop licking over where the tooth
should have been and always looked confused ha! other than that, he
was fine. i hesitate to have broken teeth extracted (especially at
his incredibly advanced age...he must have been about 16 hahaha...he
was MIGHTY old when he arrived and grew at least 1 year older with
each passing month it seemed hahaha) and instead have always watched
DAILY for any sign of infection. none so far in the dozens i've
observed, although old man was the only critter talented enough to
have broken the tooth off COMPLETELY! :)