Oral Surgery For Dogs
May dogs have some form of periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years old. Periodontal disease is often thought to be the most common health condition affecting adult canines. Foul-smelling breath is an early sign of periodontal disease, unfortunately, there are only a few signs that pet owners can notice until such time that it is too late to prevent extensive and possibly serious damage. Without proper medical intervention, periodontal disease in dogs can lead to infection, tooth loss, and significant dental pain.
The good news is, periodontal disease in dogs can be fully prevented. Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly and semi-annual dental visits and dental prophylaxis performed by your veterinarian can go a long way in keeping your pet’s pearly whites healthy and keeps him at a low risk for periodontal disease.
Sometimes, oral surgery may be necessary to address a life-threatening dental problem. Affected dogs usually suffer from significant amount of pain and has a poor quality of life. Oral surgery includes gingival surgery in which any tumor in the gums is removed as well as excessive gum tissue that has formed as a result of periodontal disease. Oral surgery may also be performed for extensive extractions of impacted or damaged teeth, as well as removal of oral tumors.
If your dog needs to undergo oral surgery, don’t hesitate to talk with your veterinarian Jacksonville, FL if you have concerns and/or questions about the procedure.