Full Mouth Extraction
Why does my pet need extractions?
There are many reasons why your pet might need full mouth extraction. For example, they may need oral surgery to remove growths, repair oral defects, repair jaw fractures, and in many cases, to remove teeth to relieve pain.
Oral tumors also require surgery. Some oral tumors have no known cause. If oral tumors are detected early, surgical removal may be an option and result in a cure. Depending on the tumor type, size, and location, referral to a veterinary oncologist (cancer specialist) may be recommended.
Is the surgery safe for my pet?
Anesthesia is necessary for oral surgery and carries some level of risk, as in human medicine. Before anesthesia is delivered, blood tests are performed to aid in selecting the safest protocol for your pet. Your pet will also be closely monitored during and after the procedure.
Will my cat be in pain?
Both local and general anesthesia will be used to decrease discomfort and control pain. The same narcotic medications used in people may be used in your pet. Anti-inflammatory medication may also be administered to decrease swelling and inflammation after surgery, provided your pet is a candidate to receive such medications.
How will my pet eat after surgery?
Given the attention paid to delivery of balanced anesthesia tailored specifically to each individual patient, most pets do extremely well under general anesthesia and recover with minimal discomfort in the post-operative period. In fact, most pets will eat the very day of surgery before they are discharged or will do so soon after returning home. Feeding soft food is recommended until healing is complete. Recheck visits will be required to ensure healing is progressing as it should.