Pet Tooth Restoration
Pet tooth restorations involves utlizing cast metals, composite resins or other materials are used to restore and protect damaged teeth.
The pet tooth restoration process usually follows an endodontic procedure such as root canal therapy. In most cases, a cast metal crown or composite resins are applied directly to the affected tooth to return the pet’s tooth to normal function, meaning they can eat and chew without causing any damage to the tooth.
Pet Periodontal Therapy
Periodontal therapy involves the treatment of diseases that affect tissue and structures surrounding and supporting the pet’s teeth. Periodontal disease is one of the most common, if not the most common, condition affecting cats and dogs.
If your cat is suffering from periodontal disease, additional procedures can be utilized to bring your pet’s mouth back to health. A treatment category called “Guided tissue regeneration” is used in cases where attachment loss can be regained. Attachment loss is when the bone and gum tissue around the tooth is lost because of periodontal disease. In many cases, guided tissue regeneration can save a tooth that might otherwise be extracted.
Annual veterinary dental cleanings, and good home care practices are the best ways to prevent your pet from developing periodontal disease or to identify it in the earliest stages when it is most treatable.
Veterinary Oral Surgery
Veterinary oral surgery encompasses many different surgical procedures that can be done in a pet’s mouth. This ranges from surgical tooth extractions, repairing fistulas and removing tumors in the mouth. When a cat or dog requires oral surgery, a board certified veterinary dentist provides the mos expert level of knowledge and care for your pet’s individual case.
When your pet requires oral surgery, Dr. Matson utilizes dental nerve blocks while the patient is under anesthesia. This means less post-operative pain for your pet and a more comfortable, speedier recovery.
Veterinary Endodontic Therapy
Endodontic therapy deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the pulp of a pet’s tooth. The most common veterinary dental treatment is root canal therapy for non-vital teeth. Other procedures offered include apexification used to preserve young, non-vital teeth, surgical root canal therapy, and vital pulpotomy/direct pulp capping, used to treat very recently fractured teeth.
Root canal therapy can be done on cats and dogs just as in humans. Root canal therapy is performed when a pet’s tooth has died. There are several reasons why a cat or dog’s tooth may die, but the most common cause is a fracture of the pet’s tooth. If the crown of the tooth fractures and the pulp tissue is exposed, the tooth dies. The infected root canal contents then “leak” infection into the bone around the tips of the root. This can lead to an infection forming in the bone.
As a result, there are only two options available to treat the pet’s condition. The first is to extract the tooth, which solves the problem, but the pet is left with a missing tooth. Depending on which tooth is extracted, it can be significant for the pet, therefore the second option is root canal therapy (which saves the pet’s tooth.) With a root canal procedure the dead and infected root canal contents are removed and the root canal is refilled with a material that will seal off the inside. This prevents the bone infection around the tips of the roots. Root canal therapy in cats and dogs is has a success rate greater than 90 percent.
Veterinary Dental Radiographs
Veterinary dental radiographs (x-rays) are an essential tool used in a pet’s dental diagnostics. Vet dental x-rays are used to evaluate possible disease conditions that exist under your pet’s gum line that are not visible to the naked eye. A thorough veterinary dental cleaning or diagnostic exam should always including vet dental x-rays, without them, it is impossible to accurately examine or diagnose a pet dental condition.
At Eastside Veterinary Dentistry, you can be assured your pet is receiving the highest level of care and diagnostic imaging. We utilize digital dental x-rays which allow us to take multiple x-rays of your pet’s mouth during a short duration keeping the pet patient’s anesthetic procedure shorter.
Veterinary Dental Cleaning
An annual veterinary dental cleaning is recommend for all cats and dogs. In certain cases or depending on the condition of your pet’s mouth, the pet may require cleanings on a more frequent basis.
A professional veterinary dental cleaning at Eastside Veterinary Dentistry includes an oral examination, ultrasonic scaling of the teeth, polishing of the teeth, full mouth charting, OraVet (plaque repellent) application and digital dental x-rays if needed.
In addition to a yearly veterinary dental cleaning, routine home tooth brushing is the mainstay of pet oral health. During your cleaning appointment, our staff will be happy to have a one-on-one demonstration with you to assist with your success in your pet’s at home dental care. We recommend tooth brushing with toothpaste made specifically for pets, Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) approved treats and OraVet home care kits.