Dentistry

We have the most up-to-date equipment to ensure the safety and well being of your pet and his/her teeth.  We offer detailed scaling and polishing of every tooth, a careful inspection of your pet’s teeth and gums, state-of-the-art dental radiology, and dental extractions or surgery as needed.  Our skilled staff are devoted to the well-being of your pet’s health and safety.

Our trained and certified technicians, supervised by a licensed veterinarian, will scale, polish, and check your pet’s teeth for any problems. Our licensed veterinarians will inspect your pet’s teeth and gums thoroughly to ensure that no problems exist.

As necessary, our trained staff can take dental radiographs of your pet’s teeth to ensure that no further problems exist. Our top-of-the-line anesthesia monitoring equipment ensures that your pet experiences the safest dental cleaning possible.

  How do I know if my pet needs his/her teeth cleaned?

Signs that your pet may need his/her teeth cleaned can vary anywhere from bad breath to your pet having difficulty eating or no longer showing interest in food.  It is very important to have your pet’s teeth and gums checked annually to ensure that no problems exist or are causing pain to your loved one.

Below are before and after images of a dental cleaning.  Note the amount of tartar buildup on the teeth before the cleaning procedure.  If the tartar is not removed, much more serious problems can develop, such as periodontal disease or abscesses.

  Are radiographs of my pet’s teeth really necessary?

Yes.  Often times there are problems that exist with the teeth or gums that can’t be seen without the use of dental x-rays.  Below is an example of a pet that had a tremendous abscess of the 4th premolar that would have gone unnoticed had radiographs not been taken.

 Pre-Extraction Radiograph.

This abscess would have gone unnoticed had radiographs not been performed on this patient.

Post Extraction Radiograph.

The post radiographs allow us to see that there is no bone tissue or retained roots left behind.

It is evident that without the use of dental radiographs, this issue would have gone unnoticed, and the future results would have been a painful pet with exacerbated problems.

 

How can I prevent tartar buildup on my pet’s teeth?

 

Your dentist recommends that you brush frequently to ensure that no problems occur with your teeth or gums.  The same holds true for your pet.  Although brushing your pet’s teeth every day may not be practical, it is highly recommended that you brush your pet’s teeth at least 2 – 3 times a week.

The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends a full dental cleaning every 6 months for your pet, the same your dentist recommends for you.  Imagine what that cleaning procedure for you would be like if you didn’t brush your teeth between dental visits.  Just as in humans, home dental care is the single most important aspect of regular dental care for your pet.

For a handout on home dental care, CLICK HERE.