Our goal is to keep every tooth functional and pain-free. Sometimes a tooth needs to be surgically removed to return the mouth back to a functional & pain free part of the body. We may find teeth that are loose, infected, or damaged & should be extracted. We do not remove any teeth unless it is medically necessary to do so. Infected or broken/damaged teeth can lead to dental abscesses, pain when eating, and can lead to infections elsewhere in the body as the bacteria enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart, kidneys and liver. It is important to extract these problem teeth to keep your pet healthy and prevent problems in the future.
Dental procedures, including simple and surgical extractions can be associated with risks. I understand these risks may include broken tooth roots, bleeding, dry sockets, and damage to surrounding tissues. Rarely, fractures of the jaw bone may occur, necessitating further work. At our hospital, every effort is made to predict and avoid these complications, but unforeseen events can occur. I understand these risks.