I took Misty back to the vet last Friday for our 7th appointment due to her fractured tooth. The deep pocket in her gum had to be cleaned and repacked many times because food kept getting packed into the root pocket and slowed the healing process.
Finally, Misty's gum is healed. That is good! But now we have a new problem.
The slab removed was on the outside of tooth 207 (upper left). Now there is a cup-like gap where the slab used to be. The location of the fracture - left side and on the outside of her tooth - combined with the mechanics of how Misty chews with a motion from left to right, is causing hay to become wedged into the gap. She has a huge, uncomfortable lump protruding from her cheek. And since the gap is on the outside of the tooth, Misty's tongue does not come into contact with the wad of hay and she cannot dislodge it naturally. The hay is accumulating and putrefying inside her cheek. The only way to remove the hay is to have the vet sedate her and dig it out. That certainly is not a good long term solution.
Our first thought is to go ahead and remove the rest of the tooth. But the remainder of the tooth is large, healthy and solid. Misty is a Percheron; she's got big teeth and she is only 8 years old. This would not be a simple extraction and might require a costly trip to an equine hospital. My vet is consulting with some equine dentists to see what our options are and I'm anxiously awaiting a call back.
I think I'll give them a call now and see if they've come up with a plan. I'm tired of waiting.
Odd Person Out
2 hours ago