While your vet will always do everything possible to keep all of your dog's teeth healthy and intact, there may be situations in which disease or decay is too advanced and removal is the only option. Here, our Bakersfield vets discuss what you can expect from dog tooth extractions and why they might be necessary.
Dog Tooth Extractions
A dog tooth extraction is when a tooth is surgically removed by a veterinarian. During the extraction process, your dog will be put under general anesthesia. This keeps them comfortable, prevents them from struggling, and allows our veterinary team to safely complete the extraction.
Why Dog Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
The most common causes for your dog needing a tooth extraction is due to decay or advanced gum disease caused by poor oral hygiene. When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, it is important to remove it in order to prevent infection and pain caused by the decayed tooth.
After your dog has their diseased tooth or teeth removed, you should speak to your veterinarian about the proper oral care for your dog to prevent their other teeth from becoming similarly decayed and to prevent the need for future tooth extractions. You should also be sure to bring your dog in for regular professional dental cleanings and examinations. Good dental care is essential to your pup's oral and overall health.
Besides the common cause of gum disease and decay, your dog may also require a tooth extraction for the following reasons:
- 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.
What to Expect After Dog Tooth Extractions
Because teeth are held into place by roots, all roots must be removed in order for the tooth to be extracted.
During your dog's tooth extraction they will be under the effects of anesthesia. When they wake up they may be groggy or lethargic for the remainder of the day - this is completely normal.
As the recovery from this procedure is relatively quick, you should be able to bring your pet home on the same day as the procedure. If your pet eats primarily hard kibble, you can soften it in warm water for a few days before serving. You should also avoid playing any tugging games with your dog until their mouth has completely healed, which typically takes around 2 weeks.
As dog tooth extraction is a surgery, you will most likely notice some blood in your dog's saliva after the procedure. While this is normal, there should not be any significant bleeding. If there is, 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.