Dental Overview & Pricing

Your pet's dental health is extremely important! Veterinary dental care is about more than just preventing "doggy breath" - regular dental care can help prevent periodontal disease, which can lead to serious bacterial infections in your dog or cat's liver, kidneys and other organs. Our philosophy is to provide the safest and most thorough dental care available to all of our patients. As a result, all patients receive pre-dental blood work, intravenous fluids, multi-modal intra-operative monitoring, pain medicine with all extractions, and the least traumatic, most advanced techniques in oral surgery when needed. In an effort to keep your pet's dental health affordable, we have dental wellness plans available based on the severity of problems in the pet's mouth. 

Why Dental Care Is Important

Plaque and tartar build-up on your pet's teeth can lead to gingivitis. Reddened, bleeding gums, difficulty chewing and bad breath are all signs of gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can progress to a more advanced form of periodontal disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause the loss of teeth.

The same bacteria causing gingivitis and periodontal disease can be carried into the blood stream and cause damage to your pet's kidneys, heart, liver and other organs. Regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Routine Dental Cleaning (Prophylaxis)

Your dog or cat's dental cleaning is far different than the same procedure you undergo each year at your dentist's office. Because anesthesia is required to keep your pet safe and still during the cleaning, we perform a thorough physical exam and blood tests to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for this procedure. These tests also help us develop an individualized anesthetic protocol that is specific for your pet. All pets undergoing anesthesia receive intravenous fluids and state of the art monitoring for safety including pulse oximetry (blood oxygen levels), blood pressure, and electrocardiogram. Once anesthesia is administered, a thorough oral assessment is done using a periodontal probe to examine each tooth individually. If everything looks OK, our specially trained dental technicians then use ultrasonic equipment and hand scaling to clean each tooth thoroughly, both above and below the gum line. We then polish your pet's teeth, which creates a smooth, lustrous surface that is more resistant to plaque build-up. Finally, a fluoride treatment is used to help strengthen the enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.

Digital Dental Radiology

Just as dental X-rays are an important part of our regular routine at the dentist, we firmly believe that oral radiographs play a vital role in the complete evaluation of your pet’s oral cavity. In many cases, it is impossible to see the extent of disease occurring below the gum line so that without radiographs proper treatment is virtually impossible. We are fortunate to have a high-resolution digital dental radiograph system that permits us to obtain images in a matter of seconds, thereby giving us all the information we need to treat our patients properly and keeping the time under anesthesia to a minimum.

Oral Surgery/Extractions

Because oral care for our pets is not a priority for most of us, over 80% of our patients develop gum disease at some point in life. Our pets also like to chew on things (bones/rocks) that can cause fractures of the large chewing teeth in the rear of the mouth. As a result, there is often a need for us to perform oral surgery and extractions. Our veterinarians and dental technicians are all specially trained to perform these procedures in the least traumatic way, following the same procedures used by Board certified dental specialists. We routinely use local anesthetics, periodontal flaps, high-speed drills to access roots, tooth sectioning, polymer scaffold implants, and careful suturing to insure a rapid, uncomplicated recovery for our patients. Rest assured, if your pet requires significant dental care, we are well trained and equipped to care for them is the best possible way!

Home Dental Care

Your pet's dental care doesn't end after he or she leaves the hospital. Our staff can show you how to brush your pet's teeth at home. This is an excellent way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up, promote good oral hygiene and, most of all, bond with your pet. Click here for our Dental Home Care handout.