Misty's bump was diagnosed on Monday. She had a slab fracture of tooth #207 on her upper left jaw. Fortunately there was no abscess. The bump was inflammation caused by a HUGE ulcer where the broken slab of tooth was digging into the side of her mouth. Poor girl must have been in a lot of discomfort, but she never showed how much.
Misty had two vets working on her and it took them about one and a half hours to remove the slab. They took turns wiggling the slab loose until they could fit their big tooth-puller around it. Then it was quick business to pull it out. She has about two thirds of the tooth left. Misty was a good patient, albeit stoned out of her mind. They had to give her a couple extra shots of sedative to get that big mouth of hers to be still. Even with her head drooping almost to the floor and her legs splayed to keep her balance, her mouth remained very busy. She managed to wriggle out of the speculum twice while they were examining her. Good thing vets can pull their hands out of a horse's mouth with lightening speed. But the third shot was a charm and her busy lips finally succumbed to the sedative.
Wow, it was a stinky job with a very strong odor of putrid hay and dental decay.
Misty is home while she heals and receives antibiotics. The inflammation is going down slowly. Hopefully she'll be ready to resume her training sometime next week when the swelling is completely gone.
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