Dental Care

  • Dental

Your pet’s world revolves around her mouth.  Dental disease is the most common problems affecting pets and can start as early as one year of age!

Regular dental evaluations and scheduled dental procedures based on your pet’s individual needs are essential to keeping your pet happy and healthy. At Timpanogos Animal Hospital, we offer advanced dental care that addresses and prevents periodontal disease.  Our services include:

  • Digital dental radiographs
  • Thorough cleaning of all tooth surfaces both above and below the gum line performed under general anesthesia
  • Regional nerve blocks
  • Surgical extractions
  • Root canals
  • Bonded sealants of chipped teeth
  • Open and closed root planning
  • The use of Doxirobe gel to treat periodontal pockets

Unlike people, pets very rarely get cavities.  The most common dental condition affecting pets is periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease begins as the gums become irritated and inflamed.  Bacteria from the mouth get below the gum line and cause an infection along the root of the tooth.  Signs of periodontal disease include red gums, bad breath (pets with healthy teeth rarely have bad breath), and brown material on the teeth.  The changes that result from periodontal disease as it progresses from its early stages are usually irreversible.

Daily tooth brushing is the most effective way of keeping your pet’s teeth healthy, just like it is yours, but remember if your pet is older than one year of age, make sure to check with your veterinarian to see if it is safe to brush your teeth.  You may do more harm than good if your dog has established periodontal disease.  A full dental treatment may be required to clean the teeth and treat infection before you can begin home dental care.