If your canine companion has a tooth that is broken or decayed beyond repair, an extraction will be necessary to stop infection and allow your dog's mouth to heal. In today's post, our Tucson vets explain what you can expect if your dog is getting a tooth removed.
Removing Dog Teeth
A dog tooth extraction is when one of your dog's teeth is surgically removed by a veterinarian. Throughout the extraction process, your dog will be under general anesthesia. General anesthesia will keep your beloved pet comfortable while also preventing them from struggling. Allows your veterinary team to safely complete the extraction process with minimal fuss.
Reasons Why Your Dog's Tooth May Need to Be Extracted
Most of the time, a canine tooth extraction becomes necessary because of decay or advanced gum disease resulting from inadequate oral hygiene. Removing a tooth that is damaged beyond repair is crucial to prevent infection and alleviate the pain caused by the decayed tooth.
In addition to the usual causes of gum disease and decay, there are other reasons why your dog may require a tooth extraction:
- Fractured or broken teeth - Broken teeth can lead to painful abscesses and infection.
- Deciduous teeth - Baby teeth that do not fall out on their own may need to be removed.
- Oral tumors - The treatment of tumors may involve the extraction of nearby teeth.
- Orthodontic abnormalities - Just like humans, sometimes dogs have teeth where they don't belong.
Once the diseased tooth or teeth have been removed, your vet will provide you with detailed instructions on proper at-home oral health care for your dog in order to prevent their other teeth from becoming similarly decayed. Annual dental exams at your vet's office will also help to prevent further decay or gum disease. Much like our annual trips to the dentist, yearly veterinary dental exams and cleanings allow your veterinary team to prevent dental issues from developing, and/or detect and treat developing oral health problems before they become severe.
What to Expect After Tooth Extraction in Dogs
The roots of each individual tooth hold your dog's teeth in position. Each individual tooth is held in place by up to three roots in dogs. All roots must be removed to fully extract a tooth.
Your dog will be under anesthesia during their dental surgery. It's completely normal for them to feel groggy or lethargic for the rest of the day after waking up.
Your pet can be brought home on the same day as the procedure since the recovery is relatively quick.To soften your pet's hard kibble, simply soak it in warm water for a few days before serving. Avoid playing any tugging games with your dog until their mouth has fully healed, usually within 2 weeks.
While dog tooth extractions are a common procedure, complications can arise. Some potential complications include infection, excessive bleeding, damage to surrounding tissues, or difficulty in eating or chewing after the extraction. It is important to closely follow your veterinarian's post-operative care instructions to minimize the risk of complications and ensure a smooth recovery for your dog. If you notice any of these, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.