Dentistry and Oral Surgery Services
Fractured teeth are very common in the domesticated dog and cat. Once this fracture has occured, acute pain followed by bacterial infection and pulp sepsis ensues. For some pets, root canal of the affected tooth is a viable option to eliminate the pain, prevent infection from spreading to the supportive structures and soft tissues surrounding the tooth, and preserve the form and function of the tooth. If you have a pet with a fractured, discolored or painful tooth, we can advise you on the cause and if root canal is an option.
The movement of healthy teeth from an incorrect to a correct position is performed when the patient’s occlusion is causing unhealthy or painful tooth contact points on other teeth or the soft tissues. Correcting painful or harmful occlusal relationships can also be achieved by surgically extracting teeth, and reducing the height of the clinical crown. Many of these abnormal relationships can be recognized at very young ages (3-8 months) and should be corrected at that time.
The most common oral prosthesis for the veterinary patient in our office will be a full metal crown, cemented over the natural tooth to protect it. This is usually done on a tooth that has already had root canal treatment.
Creating symmetry to the face and restoring function after trauma can be achieved with complex surgeries performed after imaging your pet using our cone beam CT. Cosmetic results can be achieved even after large tumor removals. Supportive care such as assisted feeding by esophagostomy tube placement is also routinely offered to our patients. Client education is key in these cases and we will review past successes and testimonials from clients to help you feel less overwhelmed during these difficult pet ownership moments.
The broadest category, procedures considered oral surgery which we perform include but are not limited to:
- Surgical and non-surgical extraction of teeth
- Removal of oral foreign bodies
- Full mouth extraction for feline stomatitis/faucitis
- Palatal defects, including oronasal fistula, clefts, trauma, and elongation of the soft palate in Brachycephalic breeds
- Lymph node biopsy (extraoral)
- Salivary mucocoele (ranula) treatments and salivary gland removal surgeries
Oral medicine cases are worked up thoroughly with a combination of imaging, biopsy and sometimes blood testing. We treat cases of:
- Difficulty or pain fully opening and closing the mouth
- Difficult or pain chewing or swallowing
- Painful and non-painful swellings of the head and neck
- Conditions that cause coughing, sneezing, nasal or oral discharge
- Any unexplained bad breath
a la carte Cone Beam Computed Tomography
Any referring veterinarian may choose to send your pet to us simply for the imaging of the head and neck we can provide with our CBCT. In these cases, we will place your pet under general anesthesia for approximately 10 minutes, perform the CBCT, and share the file images with your regular veterinarian. Our staff reserves the right to deem your pet unfit for anesthesia and deny this service.