Tooth Extractions for Pets
One of the most common oral surgeries we perform here at Veterinary Dental Services is extractions. Extracting a tooth is often the last resort to treat a certain dental condition.
As an AAHA-accredited practice, we abide by the highest standards with our dental services. This means that any risks associated with surgery and anesthesia are greatly reduced. We also rely heavily on dental radiography (X-rays) before, during, and after each extraction to allow for the safest and most effective results.
We provide the details as well as the benefits before we begin—during the initial consultation, as with every other dental procedure we perform here at Veterinary Dental Services. We also perform a comprehensive wellness exam as well as pre-anesthetic blood work to ensure the pet is healthy enough for surgery and anesthesia.
The Need for Dental Extractions
Some of the most common conditions that may require a dental extraction for treatment are:
- Periodontal disease
- Fractured or abscessed teeth
- Tooth resorption
- Tooth defects
- Traumatic malocclusion
- Dental crowding
Why Pre- and Post-Op Radiographs Are Important
Simply looking at your pet’s teeth during an oral exam will not provide us with all of the information we need. Since most of the tooth sits below the gum line, pre-op radiographs are necessary for helping us assess the following:
- The overall condition of your pet’s teeth
- Whether any extractions will be necessary
- The safest, most efficient way to extract the tooth
- The health of the surrounding bone
Post-op radiographs are necessary to verify complete extraction.