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Dog Tooth Extraction: What To Expect

In some cases, tooth extraction is necessary for dogs to prevent infections. In this article, our Rabun County vets explain tooth extraction costs, complications, and recovery time.

Dog Dental 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. Teeth are held in our mouths by roots. In dogs, as many as three roots can be holding an individual tooth. To fully extract a tooth, all roots must be removed. 

Our Rabun County veterinarians understand that it can be overwhelming if your dog needs surgery. We would like to assure you that we are committed to making the extraction process as stress-free as possible for both you and your dog.

Our goal is to ensure that your experience with our pet hospital is stress-free and efficient. If it is determined that your canine companion needs dental surgery, your vet will take the time to walk through each step of the process with you and answer any questions you may have about the procedure or the recovery process.

The Necessity of Removing Dog Teeth

In most cases, a dog will have to have a tooth removed 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 to prevent infection and pain caused by the decayed tooth.

After your dog has its diseased tooth, or teeth, removed, you should speak to your veterinarian about the proper home care 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 routine 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Possible Complications of Dog Tooth Extraction

It's rare for dogs to have complications after tooth extractions. If complications do occur, they typically are a result of incomplete healing of dental cavities, remnants of removed teeth, or damage to the jaw bone. If the gums and tissue near your dog's tooth extraction become infected, you will likely notice one or more of the following symptoms: 

  • Runny nose or drooling
  • Refusal to eat
  • Lack of energy
  • Bad odor from your dog’s mouth
  • Swelling of the lower or upper jawline
  • Swelling under your pup's eyes

To help your dog manage any pain or infections, antibiotics may be sent home as part of surgery aftercare. If you notice any of the signs listed above, you should check in with your veterinarian. 

What to Expect After Tooth Extraction in Dogs

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. 

You should also avoid playing any tugging games with your dog until their mouth has completely healed, which typically takes around 2 weeks. 

Helping Your Dog Recover After Tooth Extraction

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. Dental extractions can cause discomfort and require some adjustments to their regular diet. Opt for soft or wet food that requires minimal chewing. If your pet eats primarily hard kibble, you can soften it in warm water before serving. You will likely need to keep this up for a few days.

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. 

How much does a dental extraction cost?

The cost of dental extractions can vary from hospital to hospital and whether you have insurance or not. Depending on the size and number of teeth that need to be removed, the price of your dog's dental extraction can change. You can always contact your veterinarian to get a cost estimate for your dog's tooth extraction. 

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.

Are you concerned about your dog's oral health? Contact our Rabun County vets to schedule a dental appointment.

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