Pet Dental Care is About More than Just a Smile
Your pet’s teeth are essential to their well-being. Your pet uses their teeth to eat, play with their favorite toys, and protect themselves, too. When their teeth are damaged, diseased, or misaligned, it does more than cause them discomfort and pain—it affects their quality of life. At Pewaukee Veterinary Services, our pet dental care aims to prevent dental problems as well as treat existing conditions with effective care.
Notice any of these signs
in your cat or dog?
Make an appointment for a dental evaluation and let us restore their quality of life.
How Do You Know if Your Pet Needs Dental Care?
Some of the common signs your pet needs professional dental care may surprise you! Signs include:
- Bad breath – Nope, “dog breath” isn’t normal; it’s one of the first signs of dental disease.
- Excessive drooling
- Discolored teeth
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Disinterest in their favorite chew toys
- Consistent dropping of food or toys
- Pawing at the mouth
- Loose or missing teeth
At-Home Care is Key to Healthy Teeth
To keep your pet’s mouth healthy, consistent at-home dental care plays a vital role. These days, your at-home care options are not limited to brushing your pet’s teeth (which we understand can be a challenge!). Other options include:
- Oral gels and rinses
- Prescription dental diets
- Dental wipes
- Dental chews
Our Dental Services
While at-home care helps slow the progression of periodontal disease, professional cleanings help put a stop to it altogether. We have the tools to assess your pet’s oral health below the gum line, where periodontal disease originates. Our dental care services also include treatments for malocclusion (bite misalignment) as well as broken or damaged teeth.
- Dental evaluation
- Digital dental X-rays for assessment below the gum line
- Ultrasonic scaling to remove tartar
- Polishing to reduce future tartar buildup
- Root canal therapy – Root canal therapy is the preferred choice for mature fractured or otherwise damaged teeth. It involves removing any infected pulp within the tooth and refilling it with an anti-bacterial composite material.
- Bite plates – A bite plate is a medical device that fits inside your pet’s mouth and helps correct misalignment of the teeth. It is usually used for base narrow canines.
- Crown reduction – Crown reduction involves leveling a tooth that is longer than its direct opposite to promote a healthy bite. We remove part of the crown (outer layer of the tooth), treat any exposed pulp to prevent infection, and then add composite to seal the pulp and further prevent future infection.
- Tooth extractions – We extract damaged teeth as a last resort.
If you have any questions or concerns about our dental procedures, please contact us today!