Veterinary Dentistry & Dental Surgery
Our Rosemarie Pet Hospital vets are here to provide preventative and restorative pet dental heath care and surgery to Stockton cats and dogs.
Comprehensive Dental Care for Cats & Dogs
Routine dental care is an important part of your dog or cat's oral and overall health and well-being. However, most pets actually don't receive the oral hygiene and care they require to keep their gums and teeth healthy.
At our veterinary hospital in Stockton, we provide comprehensive dental care for your pet, from dental exams, cleanings and polishing to surgeries and x-rays.
We also make a point of providing dental health education to pet owners about home dental care for their pets.
Pet Dental Surgery in Stockton
We know that discovering that your pet requires dental surgery can be an overwhelming experience. However, we work to ensure that the process is as stress-free as possible for you and your pet.
We'll do everything we can to ensure your pet's experience with us is comfortable and easy. We'll break down each step of the process to you in detail before the procedure, including preparation and post-operative care requirements.
We offer jaw fracture repair surgeries, tooth extractions and gum disease treatment for dogs and cats.
Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams
Just like at your annual dental checkup, your cat or dog should come in for a dental examinations annually. Pet's who are prone to dental health issues such as gum disease or cavities may need to come in for a routine examination more often than than though.
Rosemarie Pet Hospital can assess, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.
- Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- Tartar buildup
- Loose and/or broken teeth
- Pain or swelling in or around the mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Discolored teeth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Bad breath
We will conduct a physical assessment of your pet before administering anesthesia and their dental exam.
We will urine and blood samples and analyses from your pet to make sure it's safe for them to undergo anesthesia too. Diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG may also be conducted.
Once your pet is under anesthesia, we will conduct a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
Next, the teeth are cleaned and polished (including under the gum line) and x-rays are taken. We then apply a fluoride treatment to each tooth.
The last step is to apply a dental sealant in order to prevent plaque from building up on your cat or dog's enamel. If we detect advanced periodontal disease or other dental health issues, our veterinarians will create a custom treatment plan and walk through it with you.
Ideally, a follow-up examination will be scheduled two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment.
During this follow-up visit, we will walk through how you can implement teeth brushing and other dental hygiene practices at home. We will also recommend products that may help to improve your pet's oral health.
FAQs About Pet Dental Care
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients about pet dental care.
- Why do pets need their teeth cleaned?
Our pets can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay as a consequence of poor oral health.
Just like in humans, when animals eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if not brushed away regularly.
This can lead to infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. That's why regular dental care is essential to preventing pain or disease in the gums.
- How can I tell if my pet has oral hygiene issues?
Did you know that your pet's behavior can indicate their oral health? If your pet is experiencing and oral health problem, they may drool excessively (and that drool may contain blood or pus), yawn more than normal, grind their teeth, stop grooming themselves, or paw at their mouth or teeth.
Other signs of oral health problems can include bad breath, tooth discoloration and swollen gums. Some pets may also suffer from enough pain tat it stops them from eating. Read more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
- What long-term problems can poor oral health potentially cause in my pet?
Besides causing problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and conditions can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas throughout your pet's body.
Cysts or tumors may develop. Your pet may also not feel well in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!). In addition, diseases related to oral health conditions can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause significant pain.
This is why regular dental care is so essential to animals' physical health and wellbeing.
- What happens during a pet teeth cleaning appointment?
During your pet’s regular oral exam, the vet will examine his or her mouth and look for oral health conditions or any symptoms needing treatment.
The vet will clean tartar and other debris from your cat's or dog's teeth. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions need to be addressed, the vet will explain these to you and provide advice on which actions you should take.
In some cases, surgery will be needed to treat serious conditions. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia before their dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. However, special care will be needed post-surgery.
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dental appointment with us.
- What should I do at home to keep my pet’s teeth clean between dental appointments?
At home, you should brush your pet's teeth on a regular basis and give them dental chew toys. These will help eliminate plaque.
Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health.
Veterinary Dentistry: Anesthesia & Your Pet's Oral Health
Cats and dogs do not understand what is going on during dental procedures, and will often react to dental procedures by struggling or biting.
Similar to the anesthesia provided to nervous or anxious patients by dentists, our Stockton vets provide anesthesia to all of our patients before performing dental procedures. This puts less stress on the animals and allows us to x-ray their mouth as needed.
We're Always Welcoming New Patients
We can't wait to welcome you and your pet to the Rosemarie Pet Hospital family.