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 May Be Necessary
While the veterinarian will attempt to repair any damaged teeth there will be situations where the tooth cannot be fixed and will need to be removed. When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, it is important to remove it to prevent infection and pain caused by the decayed tooth which can cause further damage.
After your dog has its diseased tooth or teeth removed, you should speak to your veterinarian about the proper home care for your dog to prevent its other teeth from becoming similarly decayed. 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 need a tooth removed 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.
Recovery After Dog Tooth Extractions
If your dog require a tooth extraction then their veterinary dentist will need to remove all of the roots that are holding the tooth in place. In dogs, this can be as many as three roots per tooth.
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 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.
Since your dog will have had oral surgery you should expect to see a small amount of blood while they are healing. If you happen to notice large amounts of blood or consistent bleeding then you should contact your vet 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.