Veterinary Dentistry

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At Dunedin Animal Medical Center (DAMC), we are committed to providing a comprehensive suite of dental care services for pets, recognizing the integral role oral health plays in their overall well-being. Our dedicated team of veterinarians brings extensive experience in veterinary dentistry, equipped with advanced diagnostic and treatment tools to address a wide range of dental issues.

Diagnostic Exams and Advanced Imaging

Every pet's dental care journey at DAMC begins with a thorough diagnostic exam. Our state-of-the-art dental X-ray equipment is a cornerstone of our diagnostic capabilities, allowing us to uncover hidden dental issues that could go unnoticed during a standard examination. These issues include, but are not limited to, root abscesses, which are painful infections at the tooth's root; subgingival fractures, which are cracks or breaks in the tooth that occur below the gumline; and impacted teeth, which are teeth that have failed to emerge through the gums correctly. By identifying these problems early, we can prevent more serious health complications down the line.

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Cleaning, Scaling, and Polishing

To combat plaque and tartar buildup, DAMC utilizes ultrasonic scalers for a thorough cleaning process that is both effective and gentle. This procedure not only addresses visible tartar but also reaches beneath the gumline, where periodontal disease often takes root. Following scaling, we polish the teeth to create a smooth surface, less susceptible to future plaque accumulation. This routine care is crucial in preventing periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss and may contribute to systemic health issues if bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream.

Specialized Treatments for Common Dental Issues

Pets face a variety of dental issues that can lead to discomfort and health problems if left untreated. Some of the common conditions we treat at DAMC include:

  • Periodontal Disease: The most common dental condition in pets, characterized by inflammation of the supporting structures of the teeth, leading to pain, bad breath, and tooth loss. Treatment may involve deep cleaning, antibiotics, and, in severe cases, tooth extraction.
  • Tooth Decay and Cavities: Less common in pets than in humans but can occur, especially in dogs. Treatment typically involves fillings or extractions, depending on the severity.
  • Gingivitis: Early-stage gum disease that can progress to periodontal disease if not treated. Interventions include professional cleaning and improved home care routines.
  • Broken or Loose Teeth: Often resulting from trauma or chewing on hard objects. Depending on the severity, treatment options range from conservative management to extraction.
  • Oral Masses: Tumors or growths in the mouth can be benign or malignant. Diagnosis often requires biopsy, with treatment ranging from surgical removal to more advanced oncological care.

At DAMC, we understand that dental issues can vary widely from pet to pet, which is why we tailor our approach to each individual case. We also place a strong emphasis on pain management and ensuring a stress-free experience for your pet throughout their treatment.

Education and Prevention

An essential part of our dental care services is educating pet owners on the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene for their pets at home. We provide guidance on brushing techniques, recommend dental health products, and discuss dietary choices that can help keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy.

Your pet's oral health is a critical component of their overall health and happiness. At Dunedin Animal Medical Center, we are dedicated to providing the best possible dental care, from preventive maintenance to advanced treatments for complex dental issues. If you have concerns about your pet's dental health or wish to learn more about our services, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Together, we can ensure your pet maintains a healthy, happy smile for years to come.