In order to protect your dog's health, it's important to know what you're up against. These are the most common types of dog dental problems:
As the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs, periodontal disease is unfortunately also the most serious. Studies have shown it is linked to a variety of health problems, including damage to internal organs. Luckily it's one of the most easily preventable.
Tooth root abscess
Advanced periodontal disease or a broken or cracked tooth can lead to a tooth root abscess, which is an infection that develops in the root of the tooth. There are only two treatment options for this painful condition: a root canal or tooth extraction.
Plaque and Tartar
Food and bacteria can accumulate on teeth and this soft substance is called plaque. If plaque is not removed daily it can harden into tartar. Tartar can dig into the gums and cause infection below the gum line that can eventually loosen the roots of the affected teeth. These teeth will have to be extracted.
Bringing your dog in for an annual checkup and cleaning is a vital part of keeping them healthy. During a checkup visit, your dog will be evaluated for any obvious periodontal disease, which includes infection or inflammation of tissues and structures surrounding the teeth. Your veterinarian will determine if a follow-up cleaning appointment is needed.
If a cleaning is required, your veterinarian will recommend anesthesia to minimize stress and discomfort and to provide the most optimal evaluation and cleaning. During this appointment, a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing will be performed and if indicated, full-mouth x-rays to detect deeper problems with the tooth roots. Your dog will be continuously monitored while under anesthesia.
Includes complete dental exam, anesthesia, IV fluids, cleaning & polishing. All dentistry patients must be current on vaccinations, which may be updated at the time of the initial exam. Advanced dental cases may require additional cleaning or other services at an added cost. Extractions, pre-anesthetic blood panels, and dental X-rays, if necessary, are at an additional non-discounted cost. Discount offered on appointments occurring between December 2, 2013 and March 31, 2014. Not to be combined with any other offer.
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