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Molar Extractions For A 12-Year Old


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Our Porky has notoriously bad teeth and when we took him to his vet a week ago for another dental (his last was less than 18 mos ago) she said he may have two impacted molars and she is not comfortable removing them so she referred us to a canine dental specialist. We have an appt today but I am worried sick about such a major surgery for our old boy who just turned 12 last month. Does anyone know what the recovery may be like for a 12-year-old boy after something like this? Pain? Swelling? Diet? Timeframe of recovery? Porky's generally very young at heart and healthy, but we have noticed him being fairly lethargic over the last week or more so I know we have to have something done about his teeth, but it just sounds very scary for him. Thought?? Thank you!

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Gee is 11 1/2 and just had 9 teeth removed, including some molars and she did very well. She was back to eating moistened kibble by the 2nd day after surgery. She had a little bloody drool the first night but was absolutely fine after that.

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My old man had a bunch of teefers out last year at 12 1/2. Other than the inital recovery from anesthesia, he did very well. I would want to discuss the anesthetic issues with the specialist - if there is something he hasn't done well with in the past, let them know. If your vet is so inclined, maybe she can call the dentist herself. Other than that, a few days of soreness should be all. Very best wishes for Porky. :goodluck:kiss2

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The molars aren't real easy, but not near as bad as the canines :) What makes them difficult is they have to be split in half, then removed. Some are easier than others. I've had quite a few lose the molars and they did fine.

 

Oh dear. Why are the canines so bad? There was talk that he may need a canine pulled too, but I thought the molars would be worse than that.

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Canines are bad because their roots are so long & hard to get out. IMHO, he'll be fine losing the teeth, I'd just made certain sure that the dental specialist knows what he's doing with greyhound anesthesia. That worries me more than losing the teeth.

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