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Oral Surgery is often necessary to treat neoplasia (tumors), fractures, complicated infections, complicated extractions, and various gingival (gum) diseases, including oronasal fistulas.


Complicated Extractions
All veterinarians who do dental work will perform routine extractions. Extractions of large teeth in large dogs can sometimes be a challenge. This right upper canine required a gingival flap.
 
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oral surgery image <Extracting lower canines in cats can be challenging. Jaw fractures can be a complication.  
     
Gingival Hyperplasia  
This is a fairly common condition in certain breeds and when taking certain kinds of medication. Care must be taken to avoid damaging the normal periodontium.
     
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Feline Stomatitis/LPGS  
The treatment for LPGS is full mouth dental extractions. This is a delicate and exacting surgical procedure because if any teeth are incompletely extracted the disease will not resolve. Therefore, dental radiography is imperative to verify that all dental tissue is extracted.
     
Tumor treatment  
We treat a variety of oral neoplasia.
 
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Retrieving root tips    
Occasionally root tips can be lost into the mandibular canal or into the nose. It is important to retrieve them to avoid the inevitable pain and infections.
     
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Other types of oral surgery:  
Fracture repair
Fractures of the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw). These can be challenging because in the end there must be perfect occlusion.
     
Oronasal fistula repair  
This open communication between the mouth and inside the nose is caused by severe periodontal disease usually involving the upper canines. Quite common in Dachshunds. If the upper canines are extracted there must be complete closure of the alveolus (socket) to avoid the possibility of a fistula.

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