Under most circumstances it is not possible to fully assess the extent of dental disease in an awake animal. A complete oral examination can only occur after your pet is anesthetized. Following anesthesia a technician will scale, clean and polish your pet’s teeth. We will then examine the teeth and gum tissue which often presents unexpected extractions or other problems that need to be addressed.
The cost associated with extractions can be dependent on complications that can and do occur. Occasionally roots can break during extraction, making the procedure more challenging. Jaw fractures, although rare, can occur in patients who have advanced dental disease that causes bone resorption and jaw weakness. There are some roots that are close to the nasal cavity and sinuses which pose risks for these to be entered during extraction. You may have to be referred, at your expense, to a specialist to handle some of these complications based on our findings.