Extractions are generally a last resort, however in some cases they are the only option.
The arrows on this x-ray show where the tooth root is being destroyed in the canine tooth in this cat with tooth resorption Extraction is the only option here.
A gum flap allows exposure to assist in removal of the crown and resorbing root. This image is immediately postop.
Periodontal disease results in destruction of bone and in severe cases extraction is necessary. This English Bulldog has severe disease due to overcrowding of teeth.
Extraction of the tooth is only part of the treatment. Eliminating the disease in the tissue and the bone followed by suturing the gum over the defect is the treatment for cases of severe periodontal disease such as in this patient