Dogs may need a tooth extraction for various reasons, such as tooth decay or damage beyond repair or to stop an infection. In this post, our Grand Prairie vets tell you what you can expect from your dog's tooth extraction.
Dental Extractions For Dogs
Dog tooth extractions are when a dog's tooth is surgically removed by a veterinarian. As part of the extraction process, your dog will be put under general anesthesia. This helps your pup stay comfortable, keeps them from struggling, and lets our veterinary team complete the extraction safely.
When Tooth Extractions Are Required For Dogs
In most cases, dogs need to get a tooth removed because of decay or advanced gum disease (caused by poor oral hygiene). When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, it's imperative to remove it in order to prevent infection and pain as the result of tooth decay.
Once your dog's diseased tooth or teeth are removed, you should talk to your veterinarian about the proper home care for your dog, to prevent their other teeth from becoming similarly decayed. You should also remember to bring your dog to the vet for regular professional dental cleanings and examinations. Good dental care is an integral part of your pup's oral and overall health.
Other than the common cause of gum disease and decay, your dog may also need a tooth removed for these reasons:
- Deciduous teeth - Baby teeth that do not fall out on their own may need to be removed.
- Fractured or broken teeth - Broken teeth can lead to painful abscesses and infection.
- Orthodontic abnormalities - Just like humans, sometimes dogs have teeth where they don't belong.
- Oral tumors - The treatment of tumors may involve the extraction of nearby teeth.
What You Can Expect After Your Dog's Tooth Extraction
Roots hold your dog's teeth in their mouth. In dogs, as many as three roots can be holding an individual tooth. To fully extract a tooth, all roots have to be removed.
During your dog's dental surgery, they will be under the effects of anesthesia. When your pup wakes up, they may be groggy or lethargic for the rest 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 it. You should also avoid playing any tugging games with your dog until their mouth has completely healed, which generally takes approximetly 2 weeks.
You may also notice traces of blood in your dog's saliva. 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.