At Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital, we know it can be scary to undergo a dental exam and be told your pet needs a full mouth dental extraction. However, our veterinarian and the rest of our veterinary team in San Jose, CA, will be with you every step of the way and help you understand the ins and outs of this procedure. Below is what you can expect when your pet undergoes a full mouth dental extraction.
What Is a Full Mouth Dental Extraction?
A full mouth dental extraction is the removal of all of your pet’s teeth in one procedure. This typically includes removing both primary (baby) and secondary (adult) teeth, along with any damaged or diseased gum tissue. It may also include the extraction of wisdom teeth, if present. Generally, a full mouth dental extraction is recommended if there are advanced signs of disease, infection, or decay that have not responded well to other treatments such as scaling and polishing.
Veterinary Pre-anesthetic Examination
Before the procedure, our veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam and blood work to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia and surgery. This gives us an understanding of any underlying medical conditions your pet may have so we can plan the best approach with their safety in mind.
Anesthesia and Pain Management
Our veterinarian administers general anesthetics to ensure your pet is completely asleep during the procedure and won’t feel any discomfort or anxiety. Analgesic medications are also used to keep them comfortable before, during, and after surgery.
Full Mouth Extraction Procedure
Once your pet is sedated, our veterinarian will begin the full mouth dental extraction process. This includes cleaning off plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth, removing diseased or damaged teeth, treating gum disease, and polishing all remaining healthy teeth for a smooth finish.
Once the procedure is complete, our veterinary team will provide you with detailed instructions on how to properly care for your pet and help them heal, including when to administer medication, what signs to look for, and other important post-op activities. We will also schedule a follow-up appointment for further assessment and monitoring.
Help Your Pet Stay Healthy in San Jose, CA
At Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital, we understand that full mouth dental extractions can be a stressful experience. Our team is here to provide you with personalized support throughout the entire process and make sure your pet receives the best possible care. If you have any questions or would like more information about our full mouth extraction services, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time. We look forward to hearing from you!