Tooth extraction chapter
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The extraction of teeth in the dog and cat require specific skills. In this chapter the basic removal technique for a single rooted incisor tooth is developed for multi-rooted and canine teeth. Deciduous teeth and feline teeth, particularly those affected by odontoclastic resorptive lesions, also require special attention.

Good technique requires careful planning. Consider if extraction is necessary, and if so, how is it best accomplished. Review the root morphology and surrounding structures using pre-operative radiographs. Make sure you have all the equipment you need, and plan pre and post-operative management.

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

Know the indications for extracting a tooth

Understand the differing root morphology of dog and cat teeth

Be able to select an extraction technique and equipment for any individual tooth

Know of potential complications and how to deal with them

Be able to apply appropriate analgesic and other treatment.


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