Dental disease is the most common disease in pets and dogs today. Tooth and gum disease cause damage internally to the heart, kidneys, and liver before your pet even tells you that they have a toothache. We are here to help you provide proper home care to reduce the effects of periodontal disease – keeping their breath fresh and their mouths comfy while helping them live longer lives!
Pet Dental Care in Carlisle, PA
Dental Hygiene – Just like us, our pets need more than daily toothbrushing. They also need the plaque and tartar removed from their teeth and under their gum lines. This process should include dental radiographs to look for tooth root disease as we know that 87% of dogs and 70% of cats over age 3 have periodontal disease yet many of them don’t tell us at home. Dental hygiene procedures for your pet should be done under anesthesia as it is very dangerous to have this done while they are awake and, if done while awake, the tartar under the gums can not be removed. Many pets who receive anesthesia-free dentistry have to be seen for painful gums, remaining tooth disease, and bad breath just months after their “cleaning”. To give your pet the best, make sure they are receiving dental hygiene procedures that include: anesthesia that includes bloodwork, blood pressure and vitals monitoring, intubation and airway protection, intra-oral radiographs or CT, sterile equipment and monitored recovery, ultrasonic scaling of teeth, gum care, and a go-home plan for care. To learn more about what is best and safest for your pet please visit the American Veterinary Dental College Website.
Oral Surgery and Tooth Extractions – Your pet’s oral health is so important to keep them pain free and living their best life. For some pets, being pain-free means having some (or even many) of their teeth removed, for others it may mean a root canal, a gum procedure, or other orthodontic procedure. Just like you may need oral surgical procedures above and beyond cleaning and radiographs, your pet is likely to need this as well in their lifetime. Extractions (removal) of teeth is surgery and, as such, involves proper anesthesia monitoring and safety, a good surgical plan, sterile equipment, properly trained oral surgeons, and excellent pain control.
The best thing about oral surgery in pets is that they feel better so quickly! Many pets receiving oral surgery actually feel better the day after their surgery then they did for a long time prior to the procedure because they have been hiding oral pain and the surgery took that
pain away! Even pets who have many or all of their teeth extracted have a new lease on life, eat their recommended diets well, and many owners are quickly grateful to see how much happier their pet feels. Our doctors will help you determine if your pet needs to visit an oral surgeon and help you navigate how to be sure that your pet has a comfortable experience!