Think twice before you give that shank to Rover!
Some of the chew products responsible for broken teeth are nylon toys, cow hooves, bully sticks, pig ears, antlers, and large twisted/compressed rawhide chews. However, the most common cause of fractured teeth in dogs is BONES. Our Urgent Care Service sees fractured teeth almost every week, and many of these cases could have been prevented by simply not allowing the dog to chew a bone (antlers are harder than bones and even worse on teeth!). In general, all chew toys should be resilient and you should either be able to bend the toy with your hands or depress it with a thumbnail.
A fractured tooth exposes the pulp cavity allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which can infect other parts of the body, such as the kidneys, lungs, liver, and heart. It also results in localized infection (tooth abscess) and exposes the nerve causing pain.
A fractured tooth should be treated to alleviate infection and pain. The ideal treatment is a root-canal, because this preserves the function of the tooth. However, root canals are very costly and have the potential of failure. We offer dental referral for root canal, but primarily treat fractured teeth by extraction because it is more cost-effective and results in a quick, pain-free outcome.