The most common cause of infection in your pet’s mouth is periodontal disease, which affects more than 75 percent of pets over 2 years of age.
Dental Care and Services
Dental care for your pet is a very important part of overall health. One of the most common diseases seen today in pets (and people) is gingivitis! Not only does dental disease lead to gingivitis, tooth decay, and pain but research has shown links to causing disease of the heart, liver, kidney and other parts of the body.
Home dental care including brushing of the teeth is very important. Starting to brush your pet’s teeth while they are young will allow them to tolerate it later in life. While daily is ideal, 2-3 times a week is beneficial. Dental diets, mouth rinses and chews are also available to help maintain good oral health.
These measures however are preventative in nature. If your pet already has signs of dental disease such as tartar build up or bad breath, treatment is necessary.
We offer comprehensive dental care, including:
Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (Periodontal Therapy)
Under general anesthesia your pet’s teeth are cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler on the crown of the tooth and under the gums. They are then polished and fluoride treatment is applied. Each individual tooth is also evaluated to check for pockets, attachment loss, fracture, or other disease.
Dental Radiographs (X-Rays)
Problem teeth are x-rayed for evaluation of the root structure and bone surrounding the tooth. Necessary treatment for the tooth is then completed and may include extraction, endodontic therapy, or monitoring with x-rays at a later date. With our high-speed drill we have capabilities to perform advanced surgical extractions.
We are able to perform root canals and advanced therapies to some fractured teeth where the integrity of the root is still intact.
Common Dental Problems
Retained Deciduous (Baby) Teeth
These must be extracted as they can cause crowding and damage to adult teeth. They can also cause problems to the bite and pain if contacting the roof of the mouth or other tissues.
Broken or Fractured Teeth
Fractured teeth are common from trauma. When broken, the pulp of the tooth and nerve is exposed and can create a great deal of pain. This also creates a route for infection to enter the body, and can create severe problems to the bone surrounding the tooth and entire body.
Abscess or infection around teeth is common in advanced periodontal disease. Often times lumps or swollen areas are noted on the muzzle or jaw. Extraction is generally necessary.