If your dog has a decayed or broken tooth that can't be repaired, they may need a tooth extraction. Tooth extractions can help stop or prevent infection and let your pet's mouth heal. In this post, our Maury County vets share some things you can expect when your dog has a tooth removed.
Dental Extractions For Dogs
Tooth extractions for dogs are when a tooth is surgically removed by a veterinarian. As part of the extraction process, your dog will be put under general anesthesia. This helps them stay comfortable, keeps them from struggling, and lets our veterinary team safely complete the extraction.
When Dogs Need Teeth Removed
In most cases, dogs need teeth removed because of 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.
Once your dog's diseased tooth or teeth are removed, talk to your veterinarian about the proper home care your dog will need in order to prevent their other teeth from becoming similarly decayed. You should also bring your dog in for routine professional dental cleanings and examinations. Good dental care is an essential part of your pup's oral and overall health.
Besides the common causes of gum disease and decay, your dog may also need a tooth removed for the following reasons:
- Deciduous teeth - Baby teeth that do not fall out on their own may need to be removed.
- Orthodontic abnormalities - Just like humans, sometimes dogs have teeth where they don't belong.
- Fractured or broken teeth - Broken teeth can lead to painful abscesses and infection.
- Oral tumors - The treatment of tumors may involve the extraction of nearby teeth.
What to Expect After Your Dog's Tooth Extraction
Teeth are held in place by roots. In dogs, there can be as many as three roots holding a single tooth in the mouth. All roots must be removed for a tooth to be extracted.
During your dog's dental surgery 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 fairly quick, you should be able to take your pet home the same day as their procedure. If your pup mostly eats hard kibble, you can make it softer for them over the next few days by adding some warm water before serving it. You should also avoid playing any tugging games with your dog until their mouth has completely healed, which typically takes about 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.