Fractured Teeth in Dogs and Cats

Just like humans, dogs and cats can fracture or break a tooth. When you consider all the things that dogs and cats chew on, it’s not surprising that their teeth can easily break.

Things like rocks, chew toys, or any hard object can lead to a tooth fracture. Unfortunately, your dog or cat may not be able to tell you when they are in pain. As a pet owner, it is important for you to do regular exams to check for any dental issues.

If you do spot signs of trouble, it’s vital to address them because your pet might be suffering. The good news is that a fractured or broken tooth is typically easily repaired once diagnosed.

Signs That Your Pet Might Have a Broken or Fractured Tooth

  • Pain
  • Difficulty eating
  • Drooling
  • Weight loss
  • Refusing to eat hard foods
  • Facial swelling
  • Blood in their saliva
  • Irritability
  • Chewing using only one side of the mouth
  • Flinching or reacting when their mouth is touched

If you notice any of these signs, it is a good idea to have your pet evaluated. Often, your pet might not show any signs of a tooth issue, which is why regular exams are so critical to your pet’s overall health.

Pet's Broken or Fractured Tooth

Diagnosing a Fractured or Broken Tooth

If you believe that your dog has a broken or fractured tooth, it is essential to have them examined immediately. A complete exam will not only determine whether there is a fractured tooth, but also the extent of the damage.

A dental x-ray might be necessary to take a deeper look at what is going on under the gum line, and also to make sure that no roots have been affected.