Your pet’s oral health is important to their overall health. When their oral health is not maintained properly, your pet can suffer from periodontal disease, gum inflammation, and other conditions. Left untreated, these conditions may worsen over time, affecting your pet’s quality of life. At Austin Vet Care, our team of professionals has the training and experience to manage dental problems and provide preventative services. Our office is also equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including digital dental radiology.
Dental Care Services We Offer
Preventive Dentistry & Routine Dental Exams
Dental Radiography & Diagnostics
Oral Surgery & Periodontal Disease Treatment
Routine Dental Examinations
Regular dental exams are extremely important for your pet’s health. Even if your dog or cat doesn’t display signs of periodontal disease, their teeth should be evaluated at least once annually. Unchecked bacteria and food accumulation can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.
The Dangers of Untreated Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease signs include red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums, bad breath, tartar buildup on teeth, changes in eating or chewing, excessive drooling, and pawing at the face. When periodontal and dental diseases are not treated, other organs in the body can be affected. The bacteria in your pet’s mouth may travel into their bloodstream and cause kidney, heart, or liver infections. An exam and lab work can determine if any infections have spread.
Dental Radiography Services
Diagnostic tests include digital dental radiographs to evaluate diseases of the dentition. Dental radiographs are invaluable in evaluating the 70 % of the tooth that cannot be seen. Lesions that may be seen using radiographs include root abscess, root fracture, root and crown resorption, dental anomalies, bone lysis associated with oral tumors, and jaw fractures.
Oral Surgery & Treatment of Oral Disease in Pets
Systemic diseases may manifest themselves as oral diseases like gingivostomatitis, lesions in the mouth and face, and autoimmune disorders. Oral surgery can be used when necessary to treat these diseases, as well as problem teeth and periodontal disease in pets. Oral surgery may entail extracting supernumerary or diseased teeth, impacted teeth, and diseased molar teeth. Oral surgery can also be used to biopsy abnormal tissue in the mouth (oral and gingival masses), as well as removing and biopsying tumors in the mouth or facial area.
Our oral surgery services include advanced services encompassing Endodontics and Periodontics as well. Endodontics include treatment of fractured teeth and abscesses. Periodontics entails tooth scaling and polishing (advanced dental cleaning), root planing, and tissue or bone regeneration when necessary.
If your pet is in need of a dental cleaning or more advanced treatment, contact our team today to schedule an exam!
Difficulty eating or not wanting to eat is a common sign of dental problems in pets. If you feel your pet is showing signs of oral pain or other dental problems, please contact us right away!