Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s teeth. Our affiliate hospital has the latest and most modern equipment to safely diagnose and treat oral cavity disease. One of the most important diagnostic tools in veterinary dentistry is the use of digital dental x-rays. Visual inspection of a pet’s mouth reveals the crowns of the teeth, the gum tissue, the tongue, and the lining of the oral cavity. There is much that cannot be seen by the eye. Through the use of x-rays, we will be able to determine if a tooth is abscessed in the root which may require extraction or other treatment.
Periodontal disease is defined as an inflammation or infection of the tissue surrounding the tooth. Bad breath, red or swollen gums, yellow-brown tartar covering teeth, pain and bleeding are all warning signs that your pet may have dental disease. Accumulation of tartar (calculus) on the teeth causes gums to recede; infection soon follows; and then the untreated infections spread into the tooth sockets causing abscessed roots or loose teeth. If left untreated, the ingested bacteria from the mouth accumulates in your pet’s body, resulting in significant internal changes in the kidneys, heart muscle abnormalities, and liver tissue damage.
We employ safe ultrasound equipment to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup.
We also offer through Pet Dental Services, where appropriate, a Professional Outpatient Preventative Dentistry that does not require general anesthesia and is less expensive as compared to the more traditional anesthetic dental. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Zafir as to whether your pet is a candidate and the procedure is suitable for your pet’s oral health and longevity.
We carry an assortment of Preventive Care Products to help minimize the occurrence or the development of subsequent dental disease.