Keeping your dog or cat’s teeth and gums healthy has many more benefits than just having sweet clean breath!

As with humans, dental disease in dogs and cats can lead to heart, liver and kidney disease, and frequently associated with oral pain, infection and inflammation.  Bacteria spread via the blood stream from infected teeth to the internal organs, so dental disease affects the whole body.

At our clinic, we perform many dental procedures such as removing tartar with an ultrasonic descaler, polishing teeth, removing fractured or rotting teeth, removing oral masses, or retained baby teeth.  We can also perform root canal surgery.

This is all done under a general anaesthetic for a non-traumatic experience for your pet.  Nerve blocks are often performed for additional pain relief when extracting teeth.  Appropriate pain relief and antibiotic medication are dispensed after the dental procedure.

We use a dental xray machine, similar to the one your human dentist uses, which allows us to take detailed xrays of your pet’s teeth and make better decisions around the correct treatment option for your pet. Our staff are trained in the latest extraction techniques and in providing pain-free dentistry.

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Dentistry is unpredictable and we often find problems during examination under anaesthetic that were not obvious when your pet was awake.  For example the following photographs show a cat undergoing dental assessment, and we could insert a probe into a pocket under her gum.  We then took radiographs and could see an area of bone loss around one root.  When the gum is reflected back the amount of bone loss is obvious.  We extracted this tooth and she made a full recovery (and is now without the pain of a diseased tooth root).

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One of the most common problems we see is resorptive lesions (cavities) on cat’s teeth.  These are extremely painful and usually just look like a red patch on the tooth (where the gum tries to cover and protect the painful lesion).  These photos show one of these, and the tooth root resorption is obvious on the xray.  This tooth was extracted and the cat was a lot happier!

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Unfortunately we often see very advanced dental disease, often when the pet hasn’t had a checkup for some years.  The following photos show a cat with very advanced disease.  He has a large accumulation of plaque and the roots of his teeth are all diseased because of it.  This cat required all his teeth extracted to regain a healthy mouth.  He made a full recovery and can even still eat his biscuits!!

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Following dental treatment, a nurse will teach you the options on how to keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy for life.

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