All Types of Dog and Cat Broken Teeth Need Attention

All Types of Dog and Cat Broken Teeth Need Attention

A tooth fracture, regardless of being minor (dentin only) or severe (into the pulp cavity), can be discomforting to your pet. It is obvious that a broken tooth that enters the pulp cavity can be extremely painful. However, even when the dentin is only exposed, this can be uncomfortable for your dog or cat. Let’s take a look at how broken teeth can affect your dog or cat, and what to do about it.


What Does a Broken Dog or Cat Tooth Look Like?

The image below is from a pet that broke the tip of his left maxillary canine tooth. Dentin is exposed. Broken or fractured teeth can become sensitive and cause the pet to possibly alter his chewing/playing habits. A very wise local veterinarian noticed this on an annual wellness exam and referred this pet for treatment.

Broken tooth that has underlying dentin exposure

Broken tooth that has underlying dentin exposure


Dental x-ray to confirm no pulp exposure and a normal root canal/pulp system

Assessing Fractured Pet Teeth

It is imperative that your vet perform dental x-rays to assess tooth vitality. If the dental x-rays are normal, then we can treat the tooth with a tooth-colored dental composite material. You’ll need to alter his chewing or playing habits (no more tug-of-war or hard chews). Rechecks annually are important.


After tooth-colored composite restoration placed


X-ray of the entire tooth root canal system to make sure the tooth is not diseased secondary to the fracture

Treating Broken Dog & Cat Teeth

Dental restoratives help protect the vital dentin from sensitivity and potential ingress of bacteria into the pulp cavity. If your dog or cat has a broken tooth, don’t ignore it. It can be uncomfortable and can also lead to further problems (tooth death).


Dr. Greenfield, DVM, DAVDC (Your Pet Dentist – Nashville)