Dentistry

Complete Dental Care for Both Dogs and Cats

We provide complete dental care for both dogs and cats. Pets are silent sufferers. For this reason, many pet owners do not initially notice at home or report any signs of dental pain to their veterinarians. However many pet owners, after professional veterinary dental care surprisingly and pleasantly report their pets are obviously more comfortable, have increased appetite, and are more active after dental care.
We have all the capabilities that your own dentist has, so we can thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth. A high-speed ultrasonic water scaler is used to remove all tartar and clean below the gum line. Then a polish is applied to the teeth, and finally a fluoride treatment to help desensitize any exposed dentin, inhibit plaque formation, and strengthen tooth enamel.

Digital dental X-rays will be taken if needed to help the doctor see the health of the teeth below the gum line and therefore identify the diseased teeth so they know which need to be extracted. Whatever disease you see above the gum line is also happening and progressing below the gum line. The real problem occurs when the bacteria in plaque and tartar spread below the gum line in pockets.

These bacteria plus the toxins they produce to break down bone and supporting tissue that holds the teeth in place. Because this isn’t visible, the effects of periodontal disease can go undetected while your pet’s health is slowly compromised. By removing this tooth or teeth we can help decrease your pet’s pain and minimize the risks associated with periodontal diseases, such as tooth root abscess and nasal infection. Periodontal disease has also been linked to many systemic disease problems, including kidney, liver, and heart disease.

If any extractions are performed, we will always use pain management injections or local nerve anesthetic blocks and send the owner’s home with some pain medication to have if their pet seems painful.

According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), it’s estimated that by the age of 2, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease. Dental disease is not only painful but can actually shorten a pet’s life span by 3-5 years. Contact Dix Hills Animal Hospital today.