It’s About More Than Teeth

Your Pet’s Dental Care Is Key to Overall Health and Wellbeing

Because dental health is so vitally important to your pet’s general health, comfort and quality of life, our wellness exams always include a dental health exam. Small Animal Primary Care offers Dental Packages to cover teeth cleaning and related services for a fixed price. Oral surgery services are also available.

Dental Exams

As part of every wellness exam, our veterinarians routinely check for problems with your pet’s teeth, gums and mouth, indicated by bad breath, visible tartar, red or swollen gums, loose or broken teeth and misalignments.

By catching periodontal disease early, tooth loss can often be prevented. Some systemic diseases — cancer, kidney and liver disease, shock and dehydration — can be detected based on an oral exam.

Based on your pet’s breed, or any abnormal oral exam findings, a dental cleaning under anesthesia will be needed at age 1-3 years old. A more thorough dental exam can be conducted while your pet is under anesthesia for the procedure.

Dental Health Care Packages

Small Animal Primary Care offers a full-service Dental Health Care Package that combines all essential services related to having your pet’s teeth cleaned for a single fixed price.

Our Dental Health Care Packages include —

  • Morning Physical Exam and assessment prior to anesthesia that day
  • Anesthesia
  • Complete scaling of teeth to remove plaque and tartar, above and below the gum line
  • Polishing the teeth to smooth the surfaces and delay accumulation of plaque and tartar
  • X-rays to look for infections, abscesses, cysts, tumors and other problems not visible above the gum line
  • Anesthetic monitoring throughout the procedures

How often your pet will need to have its teeth cleaned will depend on its breed and, in part, on how good a job you do with dental care at home. Daily tooth-brushing using toothpaste especially formulated for pets will reduce the frequency for professional cleaning. Dental diets, chews and rinses are also available for home use. Our veterinarians can advise you about how best to provide home dental care for your pet.

Oral Surgery

In some cases, your pet’s dental exam may indicate the need for oral surgery. Some common oral surgical procedures offered by Small Animal Primary Care include —

  • Extractions of fractured, diseased or impacted teeth
  • Removal of plaque and calculus deposits from the roots of the teeth
  • Removal of growths and tumors
  • Repair of oral fractures resulting from an injury
  • Correction of oral defects and abnormalities
  • Tissue regeneration and bone grafting to repair periodontal disease damage
  • Treatment for tooth resorption

Many painful, debilitating conditions related to your pet’s dental and oral health can be corrected by oral surgery, restoring your pet’s quality of life and improving general health.