Pets can have dental issues just like humans. Their teeth should be examined and treated regularly for ideal oral health. In some cases, a pet’s tooth becomes so damaged that it requires an extraction. Without this procedure, the pet can suffer needlessly with the pain of an abscessed or broken tooth.
Pet owners should never attempt to pull a pet’s loose or otherwise compromised tooth. Veterinarians are extensively trained in the procedure of tooth extraction and can do so safely and with minimal discomfort for the pet. Attempting to pull it yourself at home can result in major complications for the pet.
Symptoms of Tooth Extraction
- Signs of pain or tenderness around the mouth area
- Pet is tentative while chewing food
- Loss of appetite
- Signs of bleeding in the mouth
- A tooth is noticeably loose
Fortunately, under a vet’s supervision, tooth extraction is quite routine and can bring a beneficial result to your pet. It will get them out of pain and far more comfortable than they were enduring the symptoms of the compromised tooth.
When you bring your pet in to have their mouth and tooth examined, radiographs (X-rays) will be used to determine the exact location of the problem. Your Ocala veterinarian will be able to determine the extent of the tooth problem as well as if it extends down to the root of the tooth. If the damage is too extreme, the tooth must be pulled.
Causes of Tooth Extraction
- Fractured teeth
- Tooth crowding
- Dental misalignment
- Chronic teeth grinding
- Persistent baby teeth
- Mouth injury
- Tooth abscess
- Jaw fracture
- Periodontal disease
Practicing good oral health with your pet at home can help with preserving your pet’s teeth. Regular dental exams and cleaning at your Ocala veterinarian can also make all the difference.
While most pet tooth extractions are simple, in some cases the removal of larger teeth such as back molars can be a more complex procedure. Sutures will be required to close the wound, and care must be taken to avoid infections as the area heals.
Ocala Veterinarian Offers a Range of Pet Dental Services
Oral health is key to overall health, and your Ocala veterinarian recommends that you bring your pet in for regular pet dental exams to help monitor the teeth and avoid complications. If a tooth needs to be pulled, we can perform the procedure safely and with minimal discomfort for your pet.
Ocala veterinary clinic Town & Country Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital bringing all required general veterinary services and care to Ocala pets. We also serve animal lovers from the surrounding areas.
Visit Our Animal Hospital Today for Pet Dental Extractions
Town & Country Animal Hospital brings high-quality pet wellness care to your dog and cat as well as many small animals. We are dedicated to the health and quality of life of your pet and will treat them like part of our family. Trust Town & Country Animal Hospital for professional, compassionate pet oral health and wellness care.