Just like you, animals have teeth too! The overall health of your pet often depends on the condition of your pet's mouth. Most cats and dogs develop periodontal disease (plaque, tartar, gum disease, bad breath) at a very young age. As time goes by, periodontal disease may lead to more extensive tissue destruction, bone loss, tooth root abscess, and tooth loss. Pets also break teeth off (fracture crowns), develop improper occlusion (improper mouth closure), oral tumors, resorptive lesions, and occasionally cavities, to name a few of the problems!
At Piper Veterinary Clinic, we take these conditions seriously, and our clients (especially the ones with four legs) are glad we do. Dentistry is a precise practice, and requires unique equipment and skill. Along with proper anesthesia, we incorporate digital dental x-rays, high speed dental drills, and radio frequency cautery in dental procedures. Post-operative pain medications are used routinely, and pet discomfort is very minimal. In fact, most pets have significant relief from tooth pain the same day as the procedure.
A few of the dental services for cats and dogs include:
Surgical tooth extraction