What is it?

Dental extractions are typically performed to remove an infected and/or painful tooth in dogs and cats.

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Common Issues in Pets

Dental extractions are a very common surgical procedure, typically performed daily in most veterinary practices.  However, they are not a simple undertaking.  Dental extractions are typically performed to remove an infected and/or painful tooth.


Indications include but are not limited to: fractured or dead teeth, periodontal disease, persistent or infected deciduous teeth, tooth resorption, abscessed teeth, caudal stomatitis, and unerupted teeth.  However, options such as root canal therapy or periodontal surgery can effectively save many of these teeth and should be considered prior to extraction.

However, there are times where extraction is the only option.  In addition, certain situations make extractions challenging and even dangerous.  For example, the canine teeth in dogs and cats are very large and present very challenging extractions. They also extend along the nasal cavity which can result in a chronic nasal infection of the extraction is not performed precisely. Further, in small breed dogs, the teeth are proportionally larger in compared with their jaw.  This creates minimal bone below the tooth which can result in a jaw fracture if the procedure is not undertaken with extreme care.

Referred to Specialists

For these (and many other reasons), many veterinarians refer their dental cases (especially small dogs) to VDS for extractions.  Our significant experience and specialized equipment greatly decrease the incidence of complications.  Further, we at VDS employ minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible.  This means less pain and a faster recovery for your pet.  Dr. Niemiec is a pioneer in these techniques and they have revolutionized dental care for pets.

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Extractions are used to treat these common pet oral health problems

Dead or Discolored Teeth
Tooth discoloration is a good indicator of a dead (also known as a non-vital) tooth. n of a non-vital (dead) tooth. Dental radiographs are needed to establish a diagnosis.
Fractured Teeth
Broken teeth are not uncommon in cats & dogs. Depending on the tooth, we recommend various options including root canal therapy, restoration, and extraction. Our goal is to minimize the pain and resolve the issue.
Abscessed Teeth
An abscessed tooth is an infected tooth which is most seen on the upper jaw just below the dog or cat's eye. Left untreated the bacteria can travel through the root system and affect the entire pet’s body.