Pet Dentistry

Professional animal dentistry at our veterinary clinic

One of the biggest elements of your pet’s health and well-being is their dental hygiene. All too often teeth care is forgotten when it comes to our animal friends, which can often lead to health concerns for them in later life. This can be as mild as bad breath or as severe as tooth loss. Sadly, dental issues can be commonly missed with pets as they are very good at hiding issues and rarely allow owners a good inspection of their mouths and teeth. This can however lead to tooth pain and complications that could be so easily spotted and rectified earlier on.

Much like your regular trips to the dentist as a human, your pet needs regular check-ups too! This helps to eliminate the need for dental surgery from developed issues. Typically the beginnings of dental issues can be easily dealt with and rectified with some changes to lifestyle or more of a focus on animal dental care. Our team of veterinary experts are always able to give your pet a quick check-over in consultation and proceed with any dental treatments where necessary. You can find out more about these various treatments below:

A typical pet dental treatment

A dental procedure on your pet is one of the most effective ways to limit or eradicate oral issues and relieve an animal from pain or discomfort. It can also help to rid your pet of infections or diseases that could spread to become more serious if left untreated. These procedures are typically done whilst your pet is under anaesthetic to ensure they remain calm and free from pain throughout.

The veterinarian will commonly begin the procedure by removing any build-up of plaque or tartar that has formed on your pet’s teeth. Once this has been cleared, it is much easier to identify any issues related to the gums, cracks in teeth and also root infections and the spread of oral disease. More often than not, it is only once this build-up of plaque is removed that the true causes of your pet’s dental pain can be identified.

Dental radiographs are routinely taken of your pet’s teeth during the dental procedure. These dental radiographs reveal the health and condition of the structures underneath the gum line. This helps to find hidden problems such as infections around the tooth roots, broken or even reabsorbed tooth roots, and receding sockets. Some of these issues may not be evident by simply looking at the teeth, even though these conditions will lead to poor oral hygiene, health conditions and pain. For this reason, dental radiographs are taken at Cherrybrook Vet Practice for each pet that undergoes a dental procedure.

Depending on the issues presented, the veterinarian will assess and may need to carry out further procedures. You of course will be kept in the loop on the status of the treatment and liaised with about ongoing procedures.

Does your pet require treatment or an examination?

As a pet owner, you undoubtedly want your pet to be as happy and healthy as possible, but this can be tricky if they have persistent tooth pain. Even if your pet is not clearly experiencing dental pain, getting their teeth regularly checked can avoid decorating conditions and ensure they have optimum oral health.

Not only will your pet be happier, but it will also give them a fuller range of food and treats that they can eat, as well as get back to playing games and having all the fun that they used to. Whether you’re looking for a simple dental examination or immediate dental treatment, our team are on hand to advise and support you the whole way.

Reach out to our team today to discuss a dental examination or treatment for your pet today. We’re also more than happy to address any questions you have about animal dentistry and hygiene so you can care for your pet adequately at home.