Good dental care plays a crucial role in the quality of your pet's life. Dental disease is the most common medical problem seen in pets and can lead to pain, tooth loss and generalized disease. Unfortunately, the importance of dental care to a pet's health has long been underemphasized by the veterinary profession. In March 2005, Main Street Veterinary Hospital and Dental Clinic made a new commitment to our patients' dental health with the construction of our dental suite and the addition of a veterinarian with advanced training in veterinary dentistry. In 2018, we expanded our dental suite to better provide as a teaching hospital - in both the training and mentoring of veterinary dental residents.
Main Street Veterinary Hospital and Dental Clinic is proud to offer advanced dental care for pets. All dental cleanings performed at Main Street Veterinary Hospital and Dental Clinic include digital dental x-rays and tooth-by-tooth assessments. Pets anesthetized for dental procedures are constantly monitored by a doctor and trained surgery technician. Because your pet's comfort is of the utmost importance to us, we offer safe and effective pain management, including local anesthesia to numb your pet's mouth, if necessary. Should your pet have damaged or diseased teeth, rest assured that extraction is not the only option.
Other dental services offered by Main Street Veterinary Hospital and Dental Clinic include:
- Digital dental radiography (x-rays)
- Periodontal surgery and therapy
- Root canal therapy, crowns and restorations
- Care for oral fractures and oral emergencies
- Home care coaching
- Complete Assessment and Dental Cleaning
Taking good care of your pet's teeth involves more than just "cleaning" the part of the tooth above the gumline. Evaluating the health of each tooth and treating dental disease ensures that your pet's mouth is as healthy as possible. And a healthier mouth means a healthier pet. We clean, polish and probe each tooth individually. We will also perform a soft tissue exam to check for cancers, sores and other oral problems.
- Perform an oral examination
- Radiograph (x-ray) the entire mouth
- Scale the teeth supragingivally (above the gumline) and subgingivally (below the gumline.)
- Evaluate abnormal periodontal pocket depths
- Perform periodontal therapy where needed
- Administer perioperative antibiotics when indicated
- Perform periodontal surgery to remove deep debris
- Biopsy all abnormal masses
- Take postoperative radiographs
- Polish the teeth
- Perform subgingival irrigation
- Examine and rinse the oral cavity, remove any packing or foreign debris
- Provide instruction to the owner about post operative care
Approximately two weeks after your pet's dental cleaning, we will do a follow-up assessment to make sure your pet's mouth is healing properly. At this time we will also discuss home care options and schedule regular professional care to keep your pet's mouth healthy.
Facts About Oral Disease
Oral disease in your pet is not always noticeable to the untrained eye. Here are a few facts about dental disease that may provide some hints about your pet's oral health:
- Bad breath is not normal! Halitosis, or bad breath, is often the first sign of a dental problem in pets. Don't delay a visit to Main Street Veterinary Hospital if your pet has bad breath! Dental disease is treated more effectively when caught early.
- Periodontal disease is the most common and most overlooked disease process of dogs and cats.
- Dental disease causes significant pain that your pet cannot tell you about; they often suffer in silence.
- Animals with oral disease rarely stop eating. Regular visits to the veterinarian, including regular dental checkups, are the best way to ensure your pet's dental health.
- Dental infections, if left untreated, can often lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver.