Our Services

Welcome to Excellence in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery!

The Hospital for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery takes the responsibility to provide a high level of dental care very seriously. Our doctors and staff have completed extensive training to ensure that we are providing the latest treatment options and using the safest anesthesia protocols, all personalized to each patient we see. Our doctors enjoy educating clients and referring veterinarians about the techniques available to save your pet’s teeth which might otherwise be lost. Our team also focuses on eliminating chronic pain and infection, and are happy to tailor an oral homecare plan specifically for your pet.

Procedures routinely performed include: Root Canals, Crowns, Orthodontics, Extractions, Periodontal Surgery, Jaw Fracture Repair, and Oral Mass Removals that often require a maxillectomy or mandibulectomy.




Oral Health Consultation

Our doctors will perform a thorough oral examination and discuss your pet’s symptoms with you. Together with a detailed history of your pet’s health, a personalized treatment and home care plan will be developed to meet you and your pet’s needs. All diagnostic procedures, test results and recommended treatments will be explained in detail during your visit.




Radiography

Did you know that dental radiography is one of the most important diagnostic tools available when evaluating your pet’s dental health? Intra-oral dental radiographs allow our doctors to evaluate the roots, supporting bone, and internal anatomy of the teeth, where dental problems can hide unseen. Digital Dental radiographs are essential in the evaluation of missing teeth, fractured teeth, periodontal disease, tooth resorption, and facial trauma. Our doctors are highly trained in radiographic interpretation and can explain any findings to you. Since dental radiographs require the placement of a small digital sensor or film in the mouth, veterinary patients must be anesthetized for radiographic examination.




Anesthesia & Pre-Anesthetic Exams

Anesthesia is essential for a complete and safe veterinary dental procedure. Fear of general anesthesia is a common concern from pet owners and is often increased as a pet ages. We view our patients individually and create a custom anesthetic plan tailored to a pet’s age, oral disease condition and other medical concerns. A pre-anesthetic examination and tests such as blood and urine analysis are performed to better evaluate your pet’s anesthetic needs before anesthesia.   Anesthetic plans utilize medications to address pain, modern gas anesthesia, local anesthetic blocks and intravenous fluid support for safer, balanced anesthesia.

When general anesthesia is administered appropriately, the risk for anesthetic complications is extremely low. Our Doctors are trained to provide safe anesthesia to minimized anesthesia risk and are assisted by a highly trained veterinary technical staff. During anesthesia, state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and highly trained Veterinary Technicians monitor your pet’s heart rate and rhythm, respirations, blood pressure, exhaled carbon dioxide level, blood oxygen level and body temperature. Due to the anesthetic agents we use, most of our patients are able to go home the same day of their procedure.




Anesthetized Oral Exam & Dental Cleaning

The overall health of the oral cavity is assessed with examination of the gums, cheeks, tonsils, tongue and teeth. Each individual tooth is examined to assess its crown, attachment to the gum tissue, and position. Findings or problems with each area are recorded in a complete dental chart and used along with dental x-rays to prepare a treatment plan. All tooth crowns are cleaned with ultrasonic and hand scaling instruments to remove thick calculi, tartar and plaque both above and below the gum line. After removing the buildup, the tooth enamel is polished to restore a smooth surface to the teeth.




Periodental Therapy

Teeth, gums and the bone supporting the tooth roots can be affected by periodontal disease. When this condition occurs, the support of the tooth can be lost if allowed to progress. We treat periodontal disease affecting the gums and supporting bone through procedures that address bacterial infection, root surface exposure and pocketing of the gum tissue around the teeth. Procedures such as root planing, perioceutic application and guided tissue regeneration with bone graft materials can be performed to restore the health of teeth and gums. If severe disease is present with significant loss of the supporting bone or structure of the tooth, extraction of an affected tooth may be performed to eliminate pain and infection.




Endodontics

Extraction of a non-vital tooth isn’t the only treatment option. Root canal treatment for a fractured, discolored, or non-vital tooth is possible! We frequently perform endodontic procedures to save the function of damaged or non-vital teeth. When damage to the internal structure or pulp of a tooth occurs, it is painful and may lead to infection within the tooth and surrounding bone. Through root canal therapy, the pulp tissue including the nerve and blood vessels are removed to resolve pain and infection associated with the damaged pulp. The function of the tooth is maintained and the bone supporting the tooth is kept stronger and without infection. By performing root canal therapy, we maintain functional teeth and avoid a more painful, traumatic surgical procedure to extract the tooth.




Oral Surgery

Our doctors are experienced in advanced surgical procedures for the oral cavity. Oral surgery is often performed for treatment of oral masses of the gums or other soft tissue, fractures of the jaw, palatal defects, advanced periodontal disease, cystic lesions within the bones, and tumors affecting the lower or upper jaw requiring more extensive surgery including mandibulectomy, partial mandibulectomy or partial maxillectomy. Surgical extraction of retained tooth roots, unerupted teeth and multi-rooted teeth is also performed.




Crowns & Restorations

Crowns are for dogs too! We frequently prepare teeth for a crown in conjunction with endodontic treatment to provide additional structure and protection to fractured or damaged teeth. These crowns are custom-made to fit the tooth in titanium or a tooth-colored alloy. Crowns are often placed on the canine teeth and the larger carnassial teeth as these are the primary teeth for chewing and holding toys or food.

 




Orthodontics

Multiple options exist to correct improper alignment and an uncomfortable bite. The goal of veterinary orthodontics is to restore function and comfort to the oral cavity through altering the alignment of the teeth. Some dogs and cats are born with a shortened or elongated jaw and others have retained deciduous (baby) teeth which cause the adult teeth to erupt into an abnormal position. When possible, intervention is done early to allow for full growth potential of the jaw and for the teeth to erupt into a normal position. Intervention may include removal of deciduous teeth, fixed orthodontic devices such as inclined plane or tooth crown extensions, or brackets with elastic bands for active orthodontic movement.




Tooth Extractions

Extraction of teeth as treatment for periodontal disease, severe fracture, or inflammatory conditions is performed frequently with surgical extraction techniques. A gingival flap is made to suture over the extraction site to maximize healing. Bone graft materials are used to improve bone remodeling during healing in areas where increased bone retention is needed. We commonly see patients referred for extraction of multiple teeth or all teeth for inflammatory conditions and are proficient in performing these procedures and developing recovery care plans.




Home Care for Oral Health

We love teeth and healthy mouths! We are happy to develop a plan for your pet’s oral healthcare at home. Our doctors and technicians are knowledgeable in the products available to ensure your pet’s oral cavity stays as healthy as possible. The best, gold-standard preventative oral care is teeth brushing! We can help you learn to comfortably and safely brush your pet’s teeth at home or develop other options if teeth brushing is not accepted by your pet. There is a huge number or oral health and teeth cleaning products, chews and toys on the market- we are happy to help you decide what’s best for you and your pet. We do not recommend chew bones, hard plastic/nylon bones, or antlers as these are too hard for the tooth enamel and will fracture teeth!