Bad breath is not normal–it’s a sign of disease.  Our hospital offers professional dental cleanings without anesthesia.  What a great way to have that yucky tartar removed.  If your pet’s gums and teeth are healthy and just require a cleaning, and they don’t mind laying in someone’s lap, then this is the way to have them cleaned. Everyone wins with no anesthesia. Their teeth will look great, their mouth will feel great and your pet will have fresh breath.  But, there are other reasons why this needs to be done regularly.  Tartar is basically bacteria cemented on the enamel of the teeth.  This bacteria loves to travel and will migrate via the blood vessels in the gums to other areas of the body…mainly the kidneys, heart valves, liver, and other organ systems. Once here permanent damage may result.

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Anesthetic Dentals:

There are times where anesthesia will be necessary in order to clean or repair a tooth. Our doctor might recommend this if we think that your pet may not hold still for a non-anesthetic cleaning or if a tooth or area of gum needs to be repaired.

Digital Dental Radiographs:

Our goal is to provide our patients with a pain-free and healthy mouth. Dental disease is the most common and frequently diagnosed medical condition in our pets. In dogs and cats, more than 50% of the actual tooth is below the gum-line. The visible part of the tooth gives us less than half of the information we need to make the best decisions about your pet’s oral health.  BBAH has been proud to offer digital dental radiographs to help us evaluate the health of your pet’s teeth by identifying the following problems not always seen with a regular oral exam:

  • Tooth root fractures
  • Retained deciduous teeth (baby teeth that failed to erupt at the proper time)
  • Tooth root abscesses or infections
  • Areas where teeth appear to be missing (broken roots or parts of teeth may be hidden under the gumline)
  • Impacted teeth (teeth that are wedged in and cannot erupt normally)
  • Feline Resorptive Lesions (painful holes or erosions on the surface of the teeth found mainly in cats)
  • Bone or soft tissue tumors
  • Height of the bone below the gum line
  • Bone changes and degree of bone loss due to periodontal disease or other causes
  • Size of the periodontal ligament space
  • Presence, or disappearance, of the “lamina dura,” the bone bundle attached to the periodontal ligament

These last four diagnostic statistics help us determine the degree of possible periodontal disease, predict future tooth and bone loss, and allow for a full treatment protocol to be recommended for your pet.  Also, post-extraction radiographs allow us to ensure the entire tooth and root has been completely removed. 

If you have any questions about digital dental radiology, don’t hesitate to contact us today at Brickell Bay Animal Hospital.