Pet Tooth Extractions serving Ames and Gilbert, IA
When our dogs are experiencing dental pain, we normally don’t know it. You may notice your pup favoring one side of their mouth when they play or eat, but most warning signs are not as obvious. As a matter of fact, pets seldom show symptoms of dental issues. Dental pain typically comes on slowly, and dogs learn to live with it, but they might act a little odd. When those issues are treated appropriately, you will likely notice a happier, more carefree pup!
At Companion Animal Clinic, we are experts in caring for your pet’s dental needs. If an extraction is necessary, you can be confident your pup is in the best hands.
Reasons Why Dogs Need Tooth Extractions:
- Gum Disease
- Broken Teeth
- Unerupted Teeth
- Tooth Decay
To learn more or schedule a consultation for your pet’s dental needs, call us at (515) 233-6689.
How We Support You:
- A Caring and Compassionate Team
- The Best Veterinary Dentist serving Ames and Gilbert
- State-Of-The-Art Technology
- Advanced Aftercare Options
What Do Tooth Extractions Involve?
Procedures can vary depending on the tooth and the disease process. Prior to any extraction, we provide a nerve block that lasts six to eight hours to help minimize oral pain and discomfort.
With surgical extractions, we normally make incisions in the adjacent gum tissue to create a flap and reveal access to the tooth. We often need to remove the bone that covers each root, section the tooth into individual roots, and extract each root separately. The alveolus (socket) is flushed to remove any debris, and the extraction site is closed with absorbable sutures.
Will My Pet Be in Pain?
Both local and general anesthesia will be used to minimize and control discomfort. The same narcotic medications used in people are used for dogs. Anti-inflammatory medication is also administered to decrease swelling and inflammation after surgery as long as your dog is a candidate to receive these medications.
How Will My Pet Eat After Surgery?
As a result of excellent pain relief medications, most dogs recover with minimal discomfort and return to their daily routines rapidly. Most pets will eat the day of surgery or very soon thereafter. Feeding them soft food is usually recommended until healing is complete. A check-up will be required to ensure your pet’s healing is progressing as it should. Call us (515) 233-6689 for more information and options.
How Often Should a Patient be Treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once ever week or two as improvement is seen.
How Many Treatments Does it Take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How Long Before the Results are Felt?
Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening! Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can it be Used in Conjunction with Other Forms of Treatment?
Yes! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
Does it Hurt? What Does a Treatment Feel Like?
There is little to no sensation during treatment. Occasionally, the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are There Any Side Effects or Associated Risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally, some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How Long Does Each Treatment Take?
The typical treatment is 3 to 8 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.