Despite what many pet owners may believe, “dog breath” is not just a nuisance – it’s a sign of an unhealthy mouth. Bad breath is caused by bacteria. Over time, bacteria leads to plaque, tartar buildup and gingivitis in your pet’s mouth. Dental disease is very common in cats and dogs. Dental disease can cause extreme pain and discomfort along with internal organ problems such as kidney, liver and heart disease. Much of the tarter and disease is underneath the gums and requires ultrasonic cleaning and polishing to decrease the gingivitis. Good dental cleaning and polishing requires general anesthesia. Extractions of diseased, broken, loose, or infected teeth are often necessary and cannot be adequately determined before anesthesia and a thorough dental exam. These extractions along with the dental cleaning are critical for maintaining kidney and heart health as well as a pain free happy, healthy pet.
Dental Radiography: Just as in human dentistry, dental radiography is a crucial tool in evaluating the presence of dental disease.