Our hospital offers a variety of Dentistry Services. At your pet’s yearly examination it may be determined that they require a dental cleaning. Routine veterinary dentistry involves prophylaxis (teeth cleaning), polishing and a full oral examination.
Dental prophylaxis is performed with your pet under general anesthesia. It involves cleaning the surface of each tooth and scaling below the gumline, where food, bacteria, and tartar build up. To ensure the safety of your pet, pre-operative blood work will be performed prior to the anesthesia.
During a dental procedure, your veterinarian evaluates your pet’s teeth for fractures, caries (cavities), excessive wear, and other abnormalities. Your veterinarian will also examine around the gums to detect periodontal disease.
Sometimes teeth need to be pulled (extracted). Dental x-rays aid in the selection of teeth to be pulled and to aid in the evaluation of periodontal and other oral diseases. If your pet is found to have more advanced dental or periodontal disease, your veterinarian may recommend more specialized procedures.
Each of our hospitals have a full dental suite with specialized equipment to make the procedures go as smoothly as possible. Pictured here is our dental suite in Los Altos. Any of the equipment look familiar? You may have seen it at your own dentist! We use many of the same tools!
All of our doctors do dentistries but a few that you may see a bit more often in dentistry because of their passion for healthy mouths, are pictured below. You and your pet will be in great hands with our team!