Dogs and cats rely on their teeth for many things. In the animal world, teeth provide more function than just eating. They are also used for defense, grooming, and believe it or not, stress relief. If a dog or cat’s teeth are not taken care of by a veterinarian, they suffer from many of the same dental problems as humans, including gum disease, cavities, and eventual tooth loss.
Serious Treatment Can Be Necessary to Treat Dental Disease
When a dog or cat has periodontal disease, sometimes the only way to deal with the problem and help the pet avoid infection is a tooth extraction. This is also the case for broken or cracked teeth. Without an extraction, a pet’s body becomes vulnerable to infections that can damage an animal’s heart, liver, and kidneys. The pain caused by an infected tooth also causes an animal pain, which may lead to behavioral problems.
Our Approach to Dental Extractions for Pets
The typical dental extraction procedure tends to be a full day affair. A normal treatment can run between six to eight hours with the preparation, surgery itself, and then the post-even recovery. This includes a nerve block agent to help reduce the pain involved for the animal. Within the extraction procedure itself, a number of serious steps are required. That includes cutting into the gum to access the tooth root as well as the surrounding bone of the cheek or jaw. The vacated tooth socket is then cleaned out, the work area closed, and the surgical site monitored to avoid infection. In short, pet dental extractions are a complex and significant procedure in restoring dental health to your dog or cat.
A singular tooth extraction is not going to be a major problem for a pet, as long as the dog or cat has other teeth that are still healthy. And, with most dogs and cats, they use their molars for chewing versus the front teeth that are more likely to need treatment. Within a day or so, animals likely don’t notice or remember having a bad tooth at all and adapt completely. Just expect a bit of a mess around the food bowl until they get it down to a system again.
Local Help from Our Veterinarian in Winter Garden, Clermont, and Wintermere
Veterinary dental health is a bit more than just a typical visit to the pet doctor for a checkup. At Wintermere Pointe Animal Hospital our team provides many types of veterinary care for pets in the area. Our veterinary services include general pet dental care as well as pet dental extractions in particular.