Sun Valley Animal Center provides comprehensive dental care for dogs and cats.
You might find it surprising that your companion pet suffers from the same oral health problems you do. Bad breath, discolored teeth and swollen or bleeding gums are indications your pet’s teeth need to be examined. Eighty percent of dogs and seventy percent of cats will show signs of dental disease by the age of three.
Left untreated, dental problems will cause your pet unnecessary pain, anorexia and weight loss and even lead to lung, kidney, liver and heart problems when bacteria builds up and enters the bloodstream.
We recommend an annual dental examination for your pet. To make an appointment for a dental check-up please call us at 726-7777 Monday through Friday.
Good dental hygiene is important to maintaining your pet’s health. Bad teeth can not only cause bad breath, they can lead to periodontal disease. This can be a threat to your pet if bacteria builds up and enters the bloodstream, leading to lung, kidney, liver or heart problems.
Routine maintenance by brushing is very important to ward off these potential problems. However, brushing alone can not get beneath the gums to attack the potentially harmful bacteria. The Sun Valley Animal Center offers routine dental cleaning and polishing to help keep your pet’s teeth healthy.
Shown here are some common problems associated with poor dental care.
Sun Valley Animal Center’s protocol for pain management is utilitized in dental procedures. Oral blocks are used for all oral surgeries including extractions, tumor removal, etc.
Oral x-rays are used to help diagnose diseases of the mouth in both cats and dogs.
Epulis (Pre and Post) Both canines and felines have oral tumors, some benign and some malignant. When oral tumors are found they should be removed and biopsied to determine whether or not they are malignant.
Retained canine and feline baby teeth can cause periodontal disease and malocclusion, or abnormal bite. Extraction of the retained teeth will help prevent both of these problems.
Extraction also is the treatment for severe periodontal disease causing gum recession and bone loss.
Feline stomatitis, or inflamed mouth, causes excessive drooling, weight loss, anorexia and pain. Extraction is the only treatment for these diseased teeth. Gels, and rinses are applied and antibiotics are prescribed. Chronic cases should be treated with steriods coupled with antibiotics. Cases that still show little improvement or remission become candidates for extraction of all premolars and molars.
A freshly fractured vital canine tooth, (within 12 to 24 hours) can be protected by pulp capping. Post pulp capping shown in photo on the right.
Cats as well as dogs can suffer from fractured teeth.
A canine tooth showing an older fracture which will need a root canal.
In some cases gold crowns are put on following a root canal procedure. The crowns help to protect the teeth.
A shattered pre-molar which needs extraction.
Upper fourth pre-molar showing a crown tip fracture. A root canal will prevent abscess and pain.
Teeth left untreated can become abscessed.
Feline cervical neckline lesion or cavity involving the nerve system or pulp chamber of the tooth is very painful. It will be necessary to extract the tooth.
Sixty percent of felines will suffer from cervical line lesions or cavities, such as the one shown here.