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Expert Dental and Oral Surgery Solutions for a Healthy, Happy Pet

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Just as you wouldn't ignore your own dental health, it's crucial to maintain regular oral care for your pets. At Western Veterinary Center, Medical & Surgical Center (WVC), we're committed to providing outstanding dental care and oral surgery services to keep your pets healthy, happy, and pain-free.

Why Dental Health Matters

Maintaining your pet’s oral health is more than just keeping their breath fresh. Routine dental care can prevent periodontal disease, tooth extractions, and abscesses, promoting overall organ function and longevity for your pet. Contrary to popular belief, bad dog breath isn't normal—it’s often the first sign of dental disease. We recommend preventive work, including annual professional cleanings, to avoid dental disease.

Recognizing Dental Problems

Beyond bad breath, there are several indicators that your pet may be experiencing dental problems. These include:

  • Red gums
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Broken teeth
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Facial sensitivity

Upon noticing these signs, it's essential to schedule a dental care appointment for your pet.

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What to Expect: Our Dental Checkup and Treatment Process

Our dental care process starts with a pre-anesthetic exam to stage the dental disease and conduct bloodwork. This examination typically occurs on a separate day from the dental work, which we aim to schedule within 2-4 weeks. We use the stages of dental disease, from 1 (routine dentistry) to 4 (extractions and other interventions), as a guideline for planning the most appropriate treatment.

Dental X-rays are a critical part of our diagnostic process. They enable us to detect periodontal disease under the gumline and identify other issues not visible to the naked eye, such as unknown abscesses. With our in-house CT scanner, we can take a comprehensive look at your pet's oral health, from decay progression to root fusion with the jaw.

Oral Surgery Services

In addition to our comprehensive dental care, we offer oral surgery services, from flap extractions to periodontal surgery. Our team of skilled veterinarians can diagnose and treat oral masses and tumors and provide full-service care for various gingival diseases.

At-Home Dental Care and Preventive Measures

Preventive home care is essential for your pet's dental health. Daily brushing, combined with products like Oravet chews, can help keep your pet's teeth clean and healthy. We encourage annual preventive professional cleanings for a comprehensive assessment and thorough cleaning.

WVC understands the importance of dental care for your pet's overall health and well-being. We're dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care and oral surgery services to ensure your pet can live a long, healthy, and happy life. Please call us today to schedule an appointment.