Pet Dentistry


Pet Dentistry

Welcome to Rockaway Animal Hospital, where we understand the importance of comprehensive dental care for your beloved pets. Our team of experienced veterinarians and dedicated staff are committed to providing the highest quality dentistry services and utilizing state-of-the-art digital radiology technology to ensure optimal oral health for your furry friends.

What Is Pet Dentistry?

Pet dentistry refers to the specialized field of veterinary medicine that focuses on the oral health of animals, particularly dogs and cats. It encompasses a range of preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic dental procedures aimed at maintaining and improving the dental well-being of pets.
Just like humans, pets can also experience dental issues that can affect their overall health and quality of life. Dental problems in pets can include tartar buildup, periodontal disease, fractured teeth, oral infections, tooth decay, and oral tumors. These conditions can cause pain, difficulty eating, bad breath, and even lead to more severe health problems if left untreated.

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

When you bring your pet to a dental appointment, you can expect a comprehensive examination and a series of procedures aimed at assessing and improving their oral health. Here’s what you can typically expect at a dental appointment for your pet:
Pre-Appointment Consultation: When you schedule a dental appointment, the veterinary staff may ask you about your pet’s medical history, any specific concerns you have noticed regarding their oral health, and if your pet has been experiencing any symptoms such as bad breath, difficulty eating, or excessive drooling. ‌

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.

Prioritize Your Pets Dental Health

At Rockaway Animal Hospital, we prioritize your pet’s well-being and aim to provide exceptional dentistry and digital radiology services. Trust us to deliver compassionate care, thorough diagnostics, and effective treatments to improve and maintain your pet’s oral health. Schedule an appointment with our veterinary team today and give your furry companion the gift of a healthy smile!

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