Our veterinarians provide dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis), digital dental x-rays, and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.
When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes an advanced dental procedure may be necessary. Hillcrest Animal Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe and advanced dental procedure.
Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet's long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease.
Periodontal disease develops as a result of untreated gingivitis (a result of tartar under the gum line) that has progressed to infect the gums and the bony structures surrounding the teeth. Infection can advance and cause loss of bone and loose teeth. This condition is painful.
The pockets of infection are usually so deep that, even with treatment, the teeth and surrounding structures are destroyed, resulting in tooth loss. In cases of advanced periodonatal disease, itis often necessary to remove these severely diseased teeth. Digital dental radiography helps us to know which teeth can be saved and which teeth need to be removed to restore health and comfort.
Routine Pet Dental Examinations
Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.
Good Oral Hygiene for Pets
Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats
- Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year.
- Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian.
- Brush your pet's teeth daily, or give your pet a dental hygiene chew every other day.
- Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health.