Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to your pet’s health. Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals Dentistry & Oral Surgery Department is trained to evaluate genetic and acquired oral diseases and conditions that cause discomfort in your pet.
Pet Dental Disease
It can be difficult to know when pets are living with dental pain because they may continue to eat, drink, and play normally. Our veterinary dental specialists are skilled in pet dentistry & oral surgery, offering a wide range of treatment options. Common dental problems we treat include:
- Periodontal disease—The most prevalent disease in veterinary medicine, affecting the majority of dogs and cats over three years of age. If untreated, it results in the destruction of normal tissue structure, discomfort, and tooth loss.
- Endodontic disease—Fractured teeth are a common occurrence, treated with root canal therapy to preserve their appearance and function. Freshly fractured teeth are considered a dental emergency. Vital pulp therapy, performed within 24 hours, allows the tooth to maintain its vitality and continue to develop normally. Stained teeth are an indication of non-vital pulp and risk infection; they are treated with root canal therapy.
Many systemic diseases such as diabetes, immune disorders, and viral disease have manifestations in the mouth. Oral inflammation is common in cats and can be managed by a variety of methods.
Pocket pet owners trust us to treat fractured dentition, oral fractures, oral lacerations, and oral masses in rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small mammals.
Dental Surgery & Restorative Dentistry
We perform a variety of surgical procedures in the mouth. Our team is skilled at addressing difficult extractions, oral tumor removal, jaw fracture management, palate defects, oronasal fistulae, and dislocated teeth.
Advanced dental techniques are available for your pet, including cast metal crowns to strengthen fractured teeth, fillings, and composite restorations for cavities and enamel defects.
Diagnostic tests such as digital dental radiographs reveal diseases of the teeth. These X-rays are invaluable in assessing dental problems that cannot be seen, including:
- Root abscess
- Root fracture
- Root and crown resorption
- Dental anomalies
- Bone lysis associated with oral tumors
- Jaw fractures
Dental X-rays, combined with routine blood tests, are essential to proper diagnosis of oral problems and treatment planning in pets. Advanced imaging, which includes MRI and CT scans, is also available as needed.
WHAT IS A BOARD CERTIFIED VETERINARY DENTIST?
Board certified veterinary dentists focus on diagnosis and management of genetic and acquired oral diseases and conditions. In addition to completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, board certified dentists complete an internship and residency in their specialty, an additional three to five years. This is followed by a rigorous examination from the American Veterinary Dental College. Passing this examination grants the status of Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (DAVDC).
Board certified dentists work together with primary care veterinarians and specialists to ensure pets have good oral health and are free from pain.