Nine of my senior dog’s teeth need to be pulled. Is it safe? Can I still save the teeth?

Question: 

Nine of my senior dog’s teeth need to be pulled. Is it safe? Can I still save the teeth?

Answer: 

Dental extractions are common because they are often a necessary treatment to reduce pain and infection in the mouth. Typically a tooth is extracted when either it is no longer viable, it is fractured, there is increased root exposure or it is abscessed. This type of tooth is often painful and serves as a source for infection in the body, causing potential risk to internal organs. Root canals may be an alternative to save some teeth. Even dogs with whole mouth extractions can still eat and eat well. It is important to have dental radiographs performed to assess the tooth, tooth root, and bone density before and after the dental extractions. This will ensure that the surrounding bone is heathy enough to withstand the surgery and that the entire root was removed so that future or persistent infections are not an issue.