Surgical Tooth Extraction: The Safest Method For Pets
Most of our pets (cats and dogs) are carnivores and therefore their root structures are complex and deep into the surrounding bone. Most tooth extractions require an incision of the gingiva and minimal removal of bone to ensure extraction of the entire tooth. Surgical approaches for extractions are the most efficient and safest means of tooth extractions for pets. Many roots are fragile and closely located to other important anatomical structures like major blood vessels, nerves, nasal cavity and even the eye. Roots must be completely removed and the surrounding bone must also be treated. Improperly performed extractions pose a serious infection risk due to the small bone and root fragments left inside of the gums.
After ensuring that all tooth material and roots are completely removed, our surgical extraction sites are sutured closed to prevent complications during the healing process. The sutures dissolve and fall out over a period to 2-6 weeks. As a result, we rarely have to remove the sutures after the healing is complete.