Extractions: If a tooth cannot be saved, it will be extracted. The first step is to administer a local anesthetic block to desensitize the area. Even though the patient is under anesthesia, removing a tooth can cause pain. The local anesthetic gives the patient immediate pain relief and lasts for several hours to offer the patient post-operative comfort.
For some extractions that require surgical exposure, we create a flap of gum tissue called a gingival flap to expose the jaw bone. A high speed drill is used to cut the tooth into sections to allow for easier removal, and tooth is removed with elevators. Once the tooth is removed, the socket is cleansed. A post extraction x-ray is taken to make sure that all of the roots have been removed. Once we have confirmed that there are no tooth root remnants, the gingival flap is sutured closed to allow healing. This prevents food material from becoming lodged in the empty socket. The flap is sutured with a fine absorbable suture that will dissolve.
Post-operative care: When your pet is discharged, we will provide specific post-operative instructions. This may include soft food and no tooth brushing for a few days. We will discuss home treatment options designed to reduce the accumulation of tartar on the teeth. The treatment options may include a combination of tooth brushing, special veterinary dental diets, chews and oral rinses.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a Dentistry appointment for your pet, call us at (717) 766-7981 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to assisting you.