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My Dog Chipped a Tooth – What Do I Do?

Discovering your dog has chipped a tooth can be unsettling. This blog aims to guide you through what steps to take next and how Plant City Animal Hospital can assist. If your dog has a chipped tooth, or if you’re looking for more information and advice, give us a call at (813) 752-3073. Our team is ready to answer your questions and set up an appointment to ensure your dog receives the care they need.

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Understanding Dog Dental Health

Just like humans, dogs can chip a tooth from chewing on hard objects, playing rough, or due to an accident. A chipped tooth might not seem like a big deal at first, but it can lead to more serious problems if not addressed. Pain, infection, and further dental issues can arise, affecting your dog’s ability to eat and their overall health. Our team at Plant City Animal Hospital is here to help assess the situation and recommend the best course of action.

Identifying a Chipped Tooth

You might notice your dog has chipped a tooth if they suddenly shy away from chewing on their favorite toy, show discomfort while eating, or if you see a visible crack or missing piece in their tooth. Other signs include bleeding around the mouth, excessive drooling, or a foul odor. It’s important to inspect your dog’s mouth carefully if you suspect a dental issue and contact us for a professional evaluation.

The Importance of Prompt Veterinary Care

When a dog chips a tooth, prompt care is essential. Even a minor chip can expose the sensitive inner parts of the tooth, leading to pain or infection. At Plant City Animal Hospital, we can assess the damage and determine if treatments like smoothing the chip, dental fillings, or more advanced procedures are needed. Early intervention can prevent further damage and keep your dog happy and healthy.

Treatment Options for a Chipped Tooth

The treatment for a chipped tooth depends on the severity of the chip and whether the pulp (inner part of the tooth) is exposed. Treatment options include:

  • Minor chips: These might only need monitoring or minor smoothing to prevent sharp edges from causing mouth injuries.
  • Moderate to severe chips: These often require more involved care, such as fillings, root canals, or even tooth extraction, depending on the damage.

Our team at Plant City Animal Hospital will work with you to choose the best treatment option for your dog, focusing on their comfort and health.

Preventing Future Dental Issues

Prevention is key to maintaining your dog’s dental health. Regular dental check-ups, proper chew toys, and dental hygiene practices like brushing your dog’s teeth can help prevent chips and other dental issues. We can provide advice on dental care routines and recommend products suited for your dog’s specific needs.

Why Choose Plant City Animal Hospital

At Plant City Animal Hospital, we understand the bond you share with your dog and the importance of their health and happiness. Our experienced team is committed to providing the highest level of care, from routine check-ups to dental emergencies like a chipped tooth. With state-of-the-art facilities and a compassionate approach, we’re here to support you and your dog through every health concern.

If you’ve discovered your dog has chipped a tooth, or if you have any concerns about their dental health, call us at (813) 752-3073. We’re here to provide the care your dog needs and to answer any questions you have. Let’s work together to keep your dog healthy, happy, and smiling brightly.

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Family is family, whether it has two legs or four. At Plant City Animal Hospital, we've spent the last 40 years healing and caring for your pets. As a family-operated practice, we know that family is about more than simply being related. Animals give us the ability to develop strong bonds and feel great compassion for a fellow living creature.