Dentistry

Our hospital offers a variety of Dentistry Services. At your pet's yearly examination your veterinarian may determine that your pet needs a dental cleaning. Routine veterinary dentistry involves prophylaxis (teeth cleaning), polishing and a full oral examination.

Dental prophylaxis is performed with your pet under general anesthesia. It involves cleaning the surface of each tooth and scaling below the gumline, where food, bacteria, and tartar build up. To ensure the safety of your pet, pre-operative blood work will be performed prior to the anesthesia.

During a dental procedure, your veterinarian evaluates your pet's teeth for fractures, caries (cavities), excessive wear, and other abnormalities. Your veterinarian will also examine around the gums to detect periodontal disease.

Sometimes teeth need to be pulled (extracted) when they are loose or broken. Dental x-rays, help determine which teeth need to be pulled an which teeth it may be possible to save.  Dental radiographs also help the veterinarian evaluate periodontal and other oral diseases. If your pet is found to have more advanced dental or periodontal disease, your veterinarian may recommend more specialized procedures or referral to a board certified veterinary dentist 

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