During your dental consultation, a veterinary dentist will discuss why surgical extractions may be recommended for your pet. The common reasons include:
A tooth extraction by definition is removal of a tooth, but to perform a surgical extraction generally requires the dentist going deeper below the gum line, (by creating a gingival flap, splitting a multi-rooted tooth and drilling away bone). A veterinary oral surgeon uses surgical techniques for removal of a tooth and tooth roots into alveolar bone.
All patients at ADC receive pre and post-operative radiographs during a surgical procedure. Digital radiographs provide a fast and comprehensive internal examination of all of your pet’s teeth. This is superior diagnostic tool that is required for evaluation of teeth before, during and after all treatments in the mouth, especially when surgically extracting a tooth.
Performing surgical extractions is a painful procedure and providing appropriate pain control for your pet is our top priority at ADC. We base our analgesic protocols on a case-by-case basis; not every patient is the same and some procedures are more invasive than others. We will base your pet’s pain control medications on the health status, age, bloodwork results of your pet and surgical procedure they require. Your pet may receive a local nerve block prior to the surgical extraction. This nerve block will provide your pet with localized pain control during the procedure as well as in their recovery.
After your pet’s procedure, we will call to schedule a discharge appointment. During this appointment, a veterinarian will go over radiographs, pictures, or other imaging media taken during the procedure, medications to be sent home and other patient specific home care instructions.
After a surgical extraction is performed, there are dissolvable sutures in the mouth. Soft food will be recommended to insure proper healing. Keeping your pet quiet and comfortable is recommended.
Common symptoms to expect following extractions include:
To prevent future surgical extractions please read our At Home Pet Dental Care page.