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Dental Hygiene

Offered for patients with mild tartar accumulation and gingivitis.

Treating low-grade dental disease

Your doctor will evaluate your patient’s teeth and determine if a dental hygiene procedure is appropriate for your pet. We lightly sedate patients and the teeth are hand scaled and polished, similar to human dental cleanings. The whole procedure usually takes takes only about 30-45 minutes. Sedation is reversed at the end of the procedure and your pet is soon up and walking.

Grade 3 Cleaning

Offered for patients with moderate periodontal disease

Moderate periodontal disease

Treatment of this more advanced periodontal disease requires general anesthesia. During the procedure we carefully remove tartar and calculus above and below the gum line with an ultrasonic scaler. A thorough oral evaluation is performed during this procedure and the teeth are polished. Pain medications may be administered post cleaning depending on the degree of gingivitis present.

Oral Surgery

Offered for advanced periodontal disease requiring extraction of teeth.

Advanced periodontal disease

This procedure includes ultrasonic scaling, dental radiographs, oral evaluation, simple or surgical tooth extractions and polishing. Surgical extractions with local anesthetic provide a much less traumatic removal and quicker healing. Oral surgeries are performed by Dr. Slotterback and Dr. Maser-Koko, who have advanced training in such procedures.

Gingival hyperplasia

Intra-oral cautery allows removal with minimal trauma and bleeding

Excessive overgrowth of the gum

Gingival hyperplasia can lead to more advanced periodontal disease. Intra-oral cautery allows removal of the gingival hyperplasia with minimal trauma and bleeding. Intra-oral nerve blocks provide pain control for this procedure. Once the gingival hyperplasia is removed, the teeth are evaluated, ultrasonically scaled, and polished.

Limited advanced oral surgery

Mass removals, simple fracture repairs, and oronasal fistula repairs

Surgical removals and repairs

RegionalVet also performs limited advanced oral surgical procedures including oral mass removals, simple fracture repairs, and oronasal fistula repairs. Patients requiring more advanced oral surgical procedures as well as endodontic (root canal) procedures are referred to a local Oral Surgery Specialist for further treatment.

Dental radiographs

A critical part of diagnosing and treating periodontal disease

RegionalVet's on-site dental radiography

Dental radiography is a critical part in successfully diagnosing and treating periodontal disease because a large portion of the tooth lies below the gum line that we cannot see. Dental radiographs allow us to see the rest. This ensures we have a complete survey of the status of your pet’s dental condition before we begin treatment.

Dental Disease Facts:

  • Dental disease can range from mild tartar accumulation to advanced periodontal disease, which is disease of the tooth, gum, and structures that support the teeth
  • Most common and under treated disease in dogs and cats
  • 80% of dogs/cats have some form of dental disease by the age of 2
  • Referred to as the silent killer in human medicine due to potential effects on multiple body systems.
  • Every time a dog or cat with periodontal disease eats or chews on toys bacteria is released into the blood stream. This bacteria can then travel and cause disease in the heart, kidneys, liver, and prostate
  • Advanced dental disease can cause severe bone loss that can lead to fractures in the lower jaw. These fractures can be extremely difficult to manage and heal and can often lead to euthanasia.
  • Advanced periodontal disease can lead to abscesses that can spread to the nose and eyes depending on which teeth are affected

Although a lot of patients with moderate to advanced periodontal disease may not seem obviously painful, almost 100% of clients report a significant improvement in their pet’s energy level and quality of life post oral surgery. Owners also are routinely surprised on how well and quickly their pets recover from their oral surgery procedure.