What Is Pet Dentistry?
Dentistry Services For Pets
Dental Examinations: We perform thorough dental examinations to assess the overall oral health of your pet. Our veterinarians will carefully examine your pet’s teeth, gums, and oral cavity, looking for signs of dental disease, such as tartar buildup, gum inflammation, tooth decay, or oral tumors.
Teeth Cleaning (Prophylaxis): Professional teeth cleaning is crucial for preventing dental problems and maintaining your pet’s oral hygiene. Our skilled veterinary technicians use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth, both above and below the gumline. We also polish the teeth to create a smooth surface, reducing the accumulation of future plaque.
Dental X-rays: To get a complete picture of your pet’s oral health, we utilize digital radiology technology. Dental X-rays allow us to examine the internal structures of the teeth, roots, and jawbone that are not visible to the naked eye. This helps us identify hidden dental issues, such as tooth root abscesses, fractures, or impacted teeth, which may require specific treatment.
Extractions: In cases where dental disease has progressed and compromised the affected tooth or surrounding structures, extraction may be necessary. Our veterinarians are skilled in performing dental extractions with utmost care and precision, ensuring the comfort and safety of your pet throughout the procedure.
Treatment of Dental Diseases: We offer a range of treatments for various dental conditions, including periodontal disease, gingivitis, oral infections, and oral tumors. Our team will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your pet’s specific needs, which may include antibiotics, pain management, oral surgery, or other necessary interventions.
What To Expect At A Dental Appointment For Your Pet
Physical Examination: The veterinarian will perform a physical examination of your pet, checking their overall health and assessing any visible signs of dental problems. They may also evaluate your pet’s face, jaw, and lymph nodes for any abnormalities.
Dental Charting: A dental chart will be created or updated for your pet, documenting the condition of each tooth, noting any signs of dental disease, and identifying areas that require attention. This helps in tracking your pet’s oral health progress over time.
Dental X-rays: In many cases, dental X-rays (radiographs) are necessary to evaluate the internal structures of your pet’s teeth, roots, and jawbone. This helps identify hidden dental problems that may not be visible during the physical examination, such as tooth root abscesses, fractures, or impacted teeth.
Procedure/Treatment: Teeth cleaning is an essential aspect of a dental appointment for pets. Additional procedures such as dental extractions, root canal therapy, periodontal therapy, or oral surgery may be necessary to address severe damage or infection. These procedures often require general anesthesia to ensure the safety and comfort of the pet. Throughout the dental procedure, the veterinary team diligently monitors vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels to ensure the pet’s well-being.
Post-Procedure Care: After the dental procedures, the veterinary staff will provide you with detailed instructions on post-operative care, including pain management, feeding recommendations, and how to maintain good oral hygiene at home.