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Dog with a broken tooth!

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My poor old Border Collie broke a tooth on the weekend, but it appears she isn't in pain. The vet thinks the tooth was already dead, and it broke near the gum so isn't in the way or anything. Anyway, she is 12.5 years old, but the vet sugggested putting her under and having the tooth removed. The only thing is, putting older dogs under isn't the chance of her waking up again worries me, plus, if the tooth really was dead, which I am sure it was because she has been in a fine mood and playing with her toys and eating etc, then apparently the only real problem from leaving it is possibility of infection.
But, if I get it taken out, and got her teeth cleaned at the same time it is $800!!!.
So, ignoring the cost, because of the complications etc, I am thinking of leaving it and just monitoring her and seeing if she seems uncomfortable or developes infection or something......anyone had any experience in this department????? I am new to the caring for the older dog thing, and this is the first real problem we have ever had with her.
We had also opted out of vaccines for her for the rest of her life...but if she had the tooth taken out, they insist on vaccines being up to date.
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Well, I just had a tooth pulled on my old boy at 12. The problem with monitoring it is that if infection sets in it's likely to be in the root and prior to showing symptoms of infection you could see symptoms of heart stress from infection. A dead tooth is just as likely to cause infection as a live tooth once the root of the tooth has been exposed (which if it broke at the gum line is certain)
Don't assume that because she shows no signs that she's not in pain, dogs are incredibly stoic and Bedlam has broken all 4 of her canines and never once stopped eating or her constant unrelenting chewing of bones all of them were live when she busted them. Havoc had a massive mouth infection that cost him a large portion of both his upper and lower jaws and 5 of his molars on one side and was far more concerned with the toenail I clipped too closely. Even while we were slowly debriding his mouth every other day, I had to remove all hard chewthings from the house as even though the other side was fine, he chewed a bone with the bad side and my living room was COVERED in blood--I came home to that and had to take the bone away from him!
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Well, we opted to leave dog pretty much shows her feelings...and it is pretty obvious when she is far I think it was a good call. Putting her through the dental surgery would have been worse I think.
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