It’s important for your pet to have a reliable and reputable veterinarian dentist on their team of healthcare professionals. In addition to annual cleanings, your pet’s dentist can provide a number of services that will keep your pet’s teeth healthy and their overall constitution strong.
Veterinarian Dentist Services Your Raleigh Veterinarian Can Provide
A Dental Exam
A dental exam is an important and necessary part of your pet’s healthcare. A thorough dental exam can identify dental problems before they get out of control and cause severe health problems like abscesses or even systemic infection. Your pet should have an annual dental exam to check for signs of gum disease, tooth damage (like cracks, chips, and fractures), and any signs of mouth trauma.
For a dental exam, your pet may or may not need to be sedated. Your vet will determine this based on your pet’s history and other health conditions they may have.
During your pet’s dental exam your vet will visually inspect your pet’s teeth and gums. Your vet may also feel around your pet’s head and neck for any swelling or lumps that may indicate infection or inflammation. It may also be necessary for your vet to take dental x-rays to get a better picture of the overall health of your pet’s teeth, gums, and jawline.
A Dental Cleaning
A veterinary dental cleaning is just like a human dental cleaning, only your pet will be sedated for the procedure.
While under sedation, your vet will get a better look at your pet’s teeth and use their tools to remove any tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth including any buildup below the gumline. Once this tartar is removed, your vet will polish your pet’s teeth. Polishing is important because it makes sure that there are no rough surfaces on your pet’s tooth enamel that bacteria can grab on to.
You should begin at-home dental care as soon as possible after bringing your pet home to begin keeping healthy dental habits. You should begin veterinary dental cleanings once your pet’s adult teeth come in. These exams should be once a year for most pets, but as your pet ages or if they have special needs or health conditions, they may need more regular dental exams or cleanings. Your vet will let you know if this is the case and if they do, it’s important to heed their advice in order to keep your pet healthy.
There are a number of reasons why your pet may need a tooth extracted, but our veterinary dentists will ensure that your pet has that problem tooth removed so that they can be pain-free and problem-free!
Dental x-rays may be part of your pet’s dental exam, but they may also be necessary if your vet suspects that your pet’s symptoms are the result of a dental infection or pain from a broken tooth root. Your pet may also need dental x-rays after a traumatic injury so that your vet can get a better look at any damage that may have happened to their teeth or jaw.
There are a number of conditions that can lead to diseased or loose gum tissue and it’s important to have that gum tissue removed. Our veterinarians will speak with you about your pet’s needs and about how a gingival resection can benefit their health as well as explain the resection process.
An ultrasonic cleaning uses ultrasonic technology to remove tartar from your pet’s teeth. Not all veterinary dentists use this type of cleaning, but here at Leesville, we offer it as an option because it allows for a complete cleaning with as little damage to the tooth enamel as possible.
Doxirobe Antibiotic Gel
Doxirobe antibiotic gel is a great option for pets with advanced dental disease and it’s a treatment that we offer to our clients here at Leesville Animal Hospital Raleigh vet clinic. While your pet is under sedation, your vet will apply doxirobe antibiotic gel into the pocket of an infected tooth. This slow-release antibiotic gel will control infection and relieve your pet’s pain and swelling that results from uncontrolled dental disease, abscess, and infection.
In Need of Veterinarian Dentist Services in Raleigh?
If you’re in need of dental services for your pet in the Raleigh area, our experts here at Leesville Animal Hospital can help! Whether you’re looking for a dental cleaning or a tooth extraction, we can take care of your pet’s every dental need with care and compassion. To make an appointment with one of our veterinarians for your pet’s dental care, just give us a call at (919)870-7000.