Periodontal disease is the most common medical condition faced by cats and dogs. When non-invasive interventions and regular teeth cleanings don’t keep the condition under control, then advanced dentistry services are usually needed. At Emergency Veterinary Hospital, Dr. van de Wetering offers a range of advanced dentistry care for a variety of pet needs, from surgery for jaw fractures to root canal treatments. Here is a closer look at some of the dentistry procedures we provide at our emergency veterinary clinic.
In some cases, simple extractions can be done at your regular veterinary clinic, but for difficult cases, advanced care is needed. Advanced periodontal disease, fractured tooth roots, and bone loss in the jaw are just a few of the issues that can complicate tooth extractions. In some cases, the number of teeth that need to be extracted, particularly in mature pets, can also make the procedure more complex. For these cases, advanced dentistry service at our hospital ensures your pet will get the specialized care necessary for a safe and successful extraction.
Just as in humans, periodontal disease can cause a long list of health complications in pets, so treatment is important. Periodontal therapy can reverse the disease while reducing the risk that extraction will be required. The exact nature of periodontal therapy depends on the stage of the disease but can include scaling and planing, gingival flap surgery, and bone grafting. Typically, advanced periodontal therapy is performed after pets have had a thorough dental cleaning and imaging tests.
Root canals are performed in pets with cavities that involve large portions of a tooth. During a root canal, the infected pulp is removed from the tooth, and it is filled with dental material to seal it. This prevents bacteria from entering the tooth and maintains the structural integrity, so the pet can continue to use the tooth. Although humans think of root canals as painful procedures, scheduling one will actually get your pet out of pain.
At Emergency Veterinary Hospital, advanced dentistry is just one of the many critical and surgical care services we provide. To learn more about our emergency veterinary services, call us at (541) 746-0112.