Dental and Dental Radiography

A healthy mouth helps promote wellness throughout the body. Our veterinarian can provide a complete Oral Health Assessment and recommend a treatment protocol to suit your pet’s needs.

A dental prophylaxis (often called a “dental” or a “dental cleaning”) is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure involves dental x-rays and examination of each individual tooth to detect signs of disease or bone loss; a thorough scaling and polishing to remove plaque and tartar buildup; and recommendations for at-home oral health maintenance.

If needed, our veterinarians also perform extractions, composite bonding, and retainers. Comprehensive pain management is provided for dental/oral surgery patients.

Do I Need To Have My Pet’s Teeth Cleaned?

Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned. Pretty frightening, right? As you can imagine, things would eventually start to go very, very bad inside your mouth: teeth would rot and decay, gums would become inflamed and infected. Bacteria from those rotting teeth would eventually travel into your bloodstream and could cause other serious health problems. And we haven’t even mentioned the daily, debilitating pain.

It’s the same scenario for your dog or cat. While some people might laugh at the idea of brushing their pet’s teeth or taking them for veterinary dental cleaning, the fact is that by age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodic dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future problems.

What to Expect During My Pet’s Dental Visit

Veterinary Dental Services We Provide

Seven Fields Veterinary Hospital offers complete pet oral health services, including:

  • Dental exams
  • Annual dental cleanings
  • Dental X-rays
  • Extractions

Following American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, Seven Fields Veterinary Hospital only does cleanings and dental work on anesthetized pets. To ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we do require a routine blood test before the procedure.

Preventive Dental Care For Pets

Brushing your pet’s teeth several times per week is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Interested in learning how to brush your pet’s teeth? Just ask and our veterinarians will be happy to help you get started. If you have a pet that won’t tolerate brushing, our veterinarians can also recommend products that will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between cleanings.

To Make An Appointment for a dental exam or cleaning for your, call us at 724-742-4433.

Dental Radiography

Digital dental radiology (x-ray) allows the veterinarian to view your pet’s oral structures beneath the gumline. This non-invasive diagnostic technique can help detect disease in and around the roots of the teeth, including areas of bone loss,  ligament detachment, and problems within the pulp cavity that are invisible to the naked eye.

Our team is trained to use this safe technology to benefit your pet by identifying early signs of periodontal disease before it becomes painful and more difficult and expensive to treat.

What's Next

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    Call us or request an appointment online!

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    Meet with a doctor for an initial exam.

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    Put a plan together for your pet.

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