VSEC offers comprehensive veterinary dental care including oral health exams as well as many advanced veterinary dental treatments including oral surgery. Regular dental exams and cleanings are vital to the health and wellbeing of your pet, just like it is for humans, and we encourage you to follow your primary care veterinarian’s preventive recommendations. However, there are times or conditions that warrant additional expertise to properly evaluate and treat.
In addition to a physical examination, most patients will have dental radiographs taken. With over 50% of a pet’s tooth below the gum line, this is an essential tool to identify disease processes that affect the root and/or supporting bone.
- Fracture repair
- Oral disease
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery
Anesthesia for the Dental Patient
Pet owners often ask why their pet needs to be anesthetized for a dental exam or cleaning. Most pets have periodontal disease by age 2. In older pets, the disease has often progressed to a point where intervention (surgery) is required. The only way to observe the extent of the disease and assess the surface below the gum line is to do so under anesthesia. Likewise, proper scaling of the teeth is only possible when we are able to access the entire surface of the tooth, especially the space between the gum and root, where periodontal disease begins. We utilize the safest anesthetic monitoring equipment and along with the doctor, a registered veterinary technician oversees your pet during and after any procedure involving sedation or anesthesia.
For more information on how to maintain good oral health for your pet, visit the Veterinary Oral Health Council, an independent organization that awards a Seal of Acceptance to veterinary diets and products that meet established standards for plaque and tartar reduction.