Veterinary Dentistry & Dental Surgery
Comprehensive Dental Care for Cats & Dogs
Routine dental care is a key component of dogs' and cats' oral and overall health, however, most pets don't actually receive the oral hygiene care they require in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
At our Tucson veterinary hospital, we provide complete dental care for your pet, from basics such as dental exams, teeth cleanings and polishing, to dental x-rays and surgeries.
We also make a point of providing pet dental health education to all of our clients about at-home dental care for their companions.
Dental Surgery in Tucson
We know that discovering your pet requires dental surgery can be an overwhelming experience. However, we are committed to making sure that this process is a stress-free as possible for both you and your pet.
We will do everything we can to make sure that your pet's experience with us is as relaxed, comfortable and easy as possible. Before the procedure, we will also walk you through the details of the process, including any preparation and post-operative care you will need to provide your pet.
We offer jaw fracture repair surgeries, tooth extractions, and gum disease treatment for dogs and cats.
Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams
Like at your yearly checkup with your dentist, your cat or dog may have to come in to us for a dental examination at least once per year. Pets who are more prone to dental health issues may need to come in for a dental checkup more often.
Pet Doctor can assess, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Loose and/or broken teeth
- Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- Bad breath
- Tartar buildup
- Pain or swelling in or around the mouth
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Discolored teeth
- Bleeding from the mouth
A comprehensive pre-anesthetic physical assessment will be completed for your pet before their dental examination.
We will take blood and urine analyses to ensure it's safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG may also be conducted.
Once your pet is under anesthesia, we will conduct a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
Next, your cat or dog's teeth will be cleaned and polished (both above and below their gum line) and x-rays will be taken. We will then apply as fluoride treatment to each of your pet's teeth.
The final step is to apply a dental sealant to prevent plaque from attaching to the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is found, the veterinarian will develop a treatment plan and discuss it with you.
Ideally, we will schedule a follow-up examination with you pet will be scheduled for two weeks following our initial assessment and treatment appointment.
During this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home. We can also recommend products that can help improve your pet's oral health.
FAQs About Pet Dental Care
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients about pet dental care.
- Why do pets need their teeth cleaned?
Our pets can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay as a consequence of poor oral health.
Just like in humans, when animals eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if not brushed away regularly.
This can lead to infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. That's why regular dental care is essential to preventing pain or disease in the gums.
- How can I tell if my pet has oral hygiene issues?
Did you know that your pet's behaviors can indicate oral health issues? If your pet is experiencing dental health problems, they may drool excessively, paw at their teeth or mouth, grind their teeth, cease sufficiently grooming, or yawn more than usual.
Other signs of oral health problems include bad breath, swollen gums, and tooth discoloration. Some pets may even suffer from pain that keeps them from eating. Read more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
- What long-term problems can poor oral health potentially cause in my pet?
Besides causing problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and conditions can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas throughout your pet's body.
Cysts or tumors may develop. Your pet may also not feel well in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!). In addition, diseases related to oral health conditions can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause significant pain.
This is why regular dental care is so essential to animals' physical health and wellbeing.
- What happens during a pet teeth cleaning appointment?
During your pet's routine oral health examination, our vet will assess your pet's mouth in order to detect any oral health issues or symptoms which may be in need of treatment.
We will clean tartar and plaque, as well as other debris, from your dog's or cats' teeth. If we detect any cavities, gum disease or other health conditions which require treatment, we will explain this to you and provide you with advice about what course of action we think would be best.
In some cases, surgery will be needed to treat serious conditions. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia before their dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. However, special care will be needed post-surgery.
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dental appointment with us.
- What should I do at home to keep my pet’s teeth clean between dental appointments?
At home, you should brush your pet's teeth on a regular basis and give them dental chew toys. These will help eliminate plaque.
Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health.
Veterinary Dentistry: Anesthesia & Your Pet's Oral Health
Cats and dogs do not understand what is going on during dental procedures, and will often react to dental procedures by struggling or biting.
Similar to the anesthesia provided to nervous or anxious patients by dentists, our Tucson vets provide anesthesia to all of our patients before performing dental procedures. This puts less stress on the animals and allows us to x-ray their mouth as needed.
New Patients Welcome
Pet Doctor is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Tucson companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.