In 2014, we added digital dental x-rays. This has brought a new level of dental care for your pets. The doctors continue to keep up to date with continuing education on oral health and are fortunate to have dental specialists to consult if needed.
We routinely monitor your pets dental health. They can have problems with progressing tartar and gum disease. Your pet can develop health issues from advancing dental disease, so preventive cleaning is always best. If there is advanced tooth infection and disease, we can identify that and take necessary actions to correct.
If your pet has advanced dental disease, there are several important steps that are taken while he or she is under anesthesia. We measure gingival pockets on all sides of each tooth and check for mobility, gum recession and furcation. These measurements, along with full-mouth dental x-rays, are used to determine if oral surgery is necessary to extract diseased teeth to improve the health of the surrounding bone and soft tissue. Because many teeth have multiple roots and roots that are much longer than human teeth, surgical dental extraction is a very specialized procedure that should only be done by a veterinarian that has been properly trained in this area. Once diseased teeth are removed, the remaining teeth are scaled and polished so they’re sparkling clean!
The best preventive is still routine care and cleaning. It is an absolute pleasure to see clean, white teeth in pets where owners are able to take the time to routinely brush the teeth. It can be a chore, but it works very well!