Dental Aftercare

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Some dental cleanings and periodontal therapies can result in tooth extractions. Infection, periodontal disease, and tooth root resorption are a few of the reasons for tooth loss. Your pet may receive an anti-inflammatory injection to relieve pain associated with tooth extractions. If a complicated extraction was performed or if multiple extractions were done, your pet will go home with pain relievers as well. Our pet doctors often dispense antibiotics after performing a tooth extraction. Please administer the medications as directed.

Pet owners often have many questions after a pet has had a tooth extraction, and the following information provides useful insight on what you can expect in the days following the procedure:

  • You do not need to do anything special to your pet’s mouth.
  • Some drainage may occur at the extraction sites, but this should subside over the next 24 hours.
  • Pets will not develop dry socket as people often do.
  • Should your pet demonstrate oral sensitivity, you may choose to feed it soft food for a few days after the procedure.

Finally, we are pleased to report that most pets show marked improvement after a dental cleaning, thanks to their improved oral health.