Yes pets need dental care too. Just think what your mouth would look like if you only saw your dentist every 7 years. EEEEW!!! We evaluate every patient prior to the procedure to give you an estimate of what may be needed.
Here is an example of a recent patient who presented with a complaint of pain when eating. The first picture is all her mom could see of the canine tooth. No problems…right??
The second picture is of the radiograph that was taken. We use digital technology for our dental patients. This allows us to obtain instantaneous radiographs which results in a reduction of anesthetic time for each patient. This radiograph shows multiple “resorptive lesions”. This is seen only in our feline patients. The enamel is being destroyed and results in our patients hurting and possible infected or abscessed roots.
This patient had all of these problems. He is going to be feeling much better having that out of his mouth.
Studies have shown that there is 33% more pathology occurring below the gum line than what we can see. This is why radiography is so important to diagnose and treat problems.
Not all patients have to have their teeth extracted. We have products available to use to save some teeth, if attended to early enough. Multiple procedures may be required, however our goal is to save teeth not extract them.
We also teach our parents how to maintain oral health using chews, oral washes and barrier sealants. Ask our team members what your pet needs to have “pearly whites”.