Canine and Feline Dental

Surgery

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Canine and Feline Dental Surgery

Veterinary canine and feline dental surgeries include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery. Pets can experience the same oral health problems that we do, such as plaque, tartar, gum disease, and tooth loss. Gum disease, however, is five times more likely to occur in pets than in people.

Most pets will continue to eat and drink normally even if they have dental pain, so it often goes unnoticed. Be sure to inspect your pet’s mouth periodically for signs of dental disease, including bleeding or redness along the gum line and tartar on the teeth near the gum line.

Any tartar that does build up on the teeth and under the gum line can only be removed during professional veterinary canine or feline dental surgery. Pet dental cleaning is performed under general anesthesia in order to effectively probe below the gum line while keeping your pet comfortable.

Veterinary Dental Extraction

Veterinary dental extraction may be necessary in some cases where dental problems have progressed too far or are unresponsive to treatment, exhibit chronic pain, or are causing other medical issues.

Our goal is to save your pet’s tooth if possible; however, when extraction is required, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia to minimize pet discomfort and to ensure that the root or roots of the tooth are completely removed.

Because of their complex structure, a pet’s teeth can have roots up to 2-3 times the length of the crown. Canine and feline dental surgery, therefore, is a delicate procedure that needs to be handled with precision and care. The bone surrounding the tooth will also be treated at the time of the extraction procedure.

After your pet’s tooth extraction, sterile gauze may be placed at the extraction site in order to stop the bleeding, which may last for several hours. In other cases, sterile absorbable wound packing foam may be inserted. We will prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection, analgesics to relieve pain, and anti-inflammatory medication if needed.

After canine or feline dental surgery, your pet will be monitored during recovery and should be able to return home the same day and eat and drink normally, unless other procedures have been performed.

If you would like to learn more about veterinary canine or feline dental surgery for your pet, call us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We want to ensure that your pet is receiving the best possible dental health care available in Idaho Falls.

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