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Failed Tooth Extraction

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Jolanda

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My guinea pig has suffered from an infected tooth incisor for a few moths. We have tried to treat the infection with several courses of antibiotics (Doxycycline, Zithromax). Unfortunately, each time the problem returned. A few days ago, the incisor was finally extracted. However, the tooth root was severely damaged and the vet was unable to extract the entire tooth. The vet has tried to clear the tooth socket as much as possible but a piece of the root was left behind. There is a small chance the tooth will regrow. In that case, the tooth needs to be extracted a second time. However, according to the vet the root is probably dead (it was in very bad shape) which means the tooth will not regrow and fragments of the root will remain in her jaw. I was wondering if anyone has experienced something similar and how this was treated. I am afraid the root fragments will cause new infections. For now she is on antibiotics.
 

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She is currently on a one month course of Zithromax. My vet also filled the (half-empty) tooth socket with a special kind of antibiotics (a form of oxytetracycline) to treat the problem locally. In a month, I will have to return and the vet will take an x-ray of the tooth. The vet suggested the course of Zithromax may need to be prolonged. In the past, my guinea pig has received a six weeks course of Doxycycline (which never totally cleared the problem) and a two weeks course of Zithromax. Zithromax proved to be very effective, but the problem returned.
 
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