A major component of veterinary wellness is maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Like us, pets benefit from teeth brushing, oral care products, and regular professional cleanings. Our expert attention at Towner Park Animal Care Center promotes routine dental care as a way to support longevity and high quality of life.
Our staff is fully trained in advanced veterinary dentistry, and our dental suite is equipped with the latest technology. The combination allows for the safest possible experience for your pet.
At every routine wellness examination, we take time to inspect and assess the appearance and quality of the teeth and gums. With an annual cleaning under anesthesia, and a full set of dental X-rays, we learn details about what’s happening beneath the gum line. When paired with daily home care, regular dental visits can prevent periodontal disease.
The Dangers of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a common problem, but it is 100% preventable. Oral bacteria, plaque, and tartar all lead to inflammation of the gums. Left alone, periodontal (gum) disease causes bad breath, chronic pain, infection, and tooth loss. Oral bacteria can also seep into the bloodstream and cause serious systemic issues in the kidneys, liver, or heart.
An unfortunate misconception is that if a pet’s behavior is relatively consistent, veterinary dentistry is unnecessary. However, by the time symptoms of periodontal disease become obvious (such as bad breath), irreversible damage has already occured.
What You Can Expect
Our skilled team is qualified to administer anesthesia to a variety of animals with different medical histories, and we closely monitor the entire process to prevent complications. Pre-anesthesia diagnostics are instrumental for successful, safe, and effective veterinary dentistry.
Pet Safety Is Our Priority
During an exam, we clean, scale, and polish the crown of every tooth, scrape plaque and tartar off the gum line, and smooth enamel on tooth surfaces to remove likely sources of bacteria growth.
The Importance of Dental X-Rays
Dental X-rays are key to understanding the extent of a pet’s condition. Without this insight, we wouldn’t be able to fully address problems affecting the teeth and gums.
Highly detailed images of the inside of the teeth, surrounding structures, root systems, and the bones help us diagnose and treat dental disease.
Digital radiographs are an essential facet of veterinary dentistry, and help detail a pet’s full health profile. They help pet owners understand more about their pet’s health and facilitate discussions about treatment, prognosis, and recommendations. They also emit low radiation and reduce the time a pet is under anesthesia.
Dental patients can go home the same day as their procedure. Recovery involves rest, hydration, and close observation. When necessary, we will provide detailed instructions, prescription medication, and schedule a follow-up appointment.