Thursday, March 24, 2011
MY VISIT TO THE DOGGY DENTIST, by Nicky
But there is no dental specialist at Mission MedVet, so we had to go to a place called VSEC, which stands for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care. Except that recently they changed their name to Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care. Mom and I think that "Blue Pearl" is a strange name for a veterinary hospital, but that's just our opinion. We don't even know if there is such a thing as a blue pearl, although we have heard of white pearls, black pearls, and pink pearls. So maybe there are blue pearls, too.
Anyway, on the VSEC website, it explains why they have this new Pearl name, and the reason has something to do with some other veterinary hospitals in other parts of the country that are also called Blue Pearl, and they are all related somehow. But it was too much information for me to want to read, so I didn't.
Dr. Modrcin told Mom that the fact that my canine teeth are kind of brownish and stained-looking means that they are abscessed. An abscess is an infection that happens when bacteria get down inside your tooth, like through a crack or a hole or because you broke your tooth off. I only have 3 canine teeth instead of the usual 4 because one of them was extracted in the past. I don't remember exactly why this happened or when. It's the kind of thing a guy just prefers to forget about, so I did.
Anyway, Dr. Modrcin said my other canines that I still have left are abscessed, and that's why they hurt if somebody or something touches them. Mom asked the doctor whether he would just pull the teeth, but he said he didn't want to do that because they have really long roots, and if you extract the teeth, you lose some of the bone, too. Dr. Modrcin said it would be much easier and faster to do root canals on the teeth.
Mom has had a root canal herself, so she knows about them. What happens is that all the inflamed pulpy stuff gets drilled out of the tooth, and then the space is filled back up with some other stuff. But you can only do a root canal if you have enough bone and tooth root left to hold the filler that is put in. If not, you might have to extract the tooth.
Since Dr. Modrcin didn't have any x-rays of my front teeth, he couldn't tell what condition the roots and bones are in. So he is going to send Mom an estimate of how much it would cost to do root canals on my teeth or how much it would cost if some teeth had to be extracted. Also there is the matter of my incisors, which are those little bitty teeth in the front, between the canines. Some of those teeth might have abscesses, too.
The good news is that I don't have CUPS, which is that stomatitis thing that Piper mentioned before. And the other good news is that although my 4th premolar on each side is chipped, neither one of those teeth is abscessed. Still, it's worrisome to think about all the dental work I will have to have done, especially if it is painful. Mom is not looking forward to paying whatever it will cost because she is sure it will cost a lot. I do have to admit, though, that it would be nice to have teeth that don't hurt whenever I bite into something.
So that's the story of my visit to the doggy dentist. I wish that greyhounds didn't have such lousy teeth, but most of us do. I guess I'm just lucky to have a mom who is willing to go into debt to get my teeth fixed!