Regular professional dental cleanings require anesthesia and are essential in maintaining your dog or cat’s overall health. This complete evaluation includes diagnostic imaging.
Crown restoration is a two-step process. The first step occurs after root canal therapy during the first anesthetic episode by shaping the tooth to create retention for the crown. The second step is cementing (luting) the crown to the tooth.
Much of the dental pathology we see occurs below the gumline. In order to see this, we take dental radiographs as well as 360-degree scans using our Cone Beam CT machine.
Discolored teeth are an indication of a problem that may require treatment. Diagnostic imaging is used to determine the best treatment options for discolored teeth.
One of the most common dental problems we see in dogs and cats is broken or fractured teeth. These injuries occur when pets suffer blunt-force trauma, play or fight with another animal, chew on hard items, or fall from heights.
Gingival enlargement, also known as gingival hyperplasia, can be the result of genetic predisposition, trauma to the gum tissue, or from the use of certain drugs. Treatment requires cutting the enlarged gum tissue back to near normal, a procedure called gingivectomy and gingivoplasty.
Teeth that do not erupt can lead to the formation of a dentigerous cyst that can be very destructive to the bone surrounding the unerupted tooth. Diagnostic imaging is used to evaluate these missing teeth.
Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases seen in pets. It is estimated that about 75% of dogs and cats have some degree of periodontal disease by 3 years of age. Regular dental examinations and professional cleanings will help to maintain a healthy mouth.
Tooth extraction is the most common dental procedure after dental cleaning in dogs and cats. While there are many treatment options available for diseased teeth, often extraction is the best choice.
Tooth resorption is a common disease in cats, but it can also affect dogs. It is a process where the body destroys the tooth and/or root structure.
While anesthesia free dentistry is advertised as a safe alternative for cleaning a pet’s teeth, the fact is that a complete dental evaluation and cleaning cannot be properly done in an awake pet.