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Dental Tooth Extraction for Pets

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure that is rather commonly performed by veterinarians. While tooth extraction is a common procedure, there are serious risks and possible complications. We have your pet’s best interest at heart and believe you should too by seeing a veterinarian in Winnipeg as soon as possible.

Reasons for Pet Dental Tooth Extraction

pet dental tooth extraction Winnipeg veterinarianIf you're unsure whether dental tooth extraction would be a beneficial procedure for your pet, read on for some of the common reasons why we recommend dental tooth extractions for pets at our clinic.

Our veterinarians are capable of performing a full mouth dental tooth extraction on pets. This procedure involves removing every single tooth rather than a select few. While this is unquestionably an intensive procedure, pets with certain conditions benefit from this procedure tremendously. Some examples of such conditions include stomatitis, gingivitis, or lymphocytic in cats. Full mouth extractions are typically performed on pets with life threatening conditions.

This procedure may also be performed to help ease or eliminate chronic pain. For example, dogs with chronic ulcerative paradental stomatitis experience debilitating prolonged pain. These dogs have tongues, gums, and lips that are ulcerated and swollen. The removal of certain or all teeth has helped relieve the pain these dogs experience.

Less serious conditions typically result in the extraction of just one or two teeth. A pet may have a painful tooth that is fractured or has enamel defects. The tooth may have pulpitis, root abscess, or be affected by a periodontal disease. Sometimes, the tooth is too damaged to be repaired or saved. In such cases, tooth extraction is the only option.

Sometimes teeth are extracted to prevent serious problems in the future. For example, some teeth may be extracted because they cause teeth grinding, dental crowding, or malocclusion. Baby teeth are frequently extracted to prevent debris accumulation and the crowding of teeth.

Risks of Dental Tooth Extractions

The risks associated with dental tooth extractions are high if one fails to have an experienced veterinarian do the job. Some of the risks of dental tooth extraction in pets include excessive bleeding, tooth fracture, jaw fracture, and the failure to remove the roots of the extracted teeth. Our veterinarians use dental radiographs to evaluate the teeth and mouth before, during, and after the procedure. These dental radiographs are used to help avoid injury to the patient.  

The Extraction Process

Teeth can be extracted surgically or non-surgically, depending on the situation. Surgical extraction is typically used when the teeth are fairly healthy. On the other hand, when the teeth are severely decayed and rotting, the teeth can often be extracted non-surgically. In general, the surgical extraction of teeth is preferred by veterinarians to the non-surgical extraction of teeth. Surgical extraction is more predictable and far more successful as well as beneficial to the pet. However, it should be noted that not all situations call for surgical extraction.