Dentistry & oral surgery
The dentistry and oral surgery services at Puget Sound Veterinary Specialists offers routine dental care as well as treatment of advanced dental and oral diseases in dogs and cats. We work in a state-of-the-art dental suite equipped with digital radiography, rotary endodontic instrumentation, an air-driven dental unit, and a piezoelectric oral surgery unit to ensure that your pets receive the highest standard of oral care. We also frequently partner and consult with other specialty services in the practice including ophthalmology, oncology, and surgery to provide comprehensive care for your pet.
Periodontal (gum) disease is the most common disease of cats and dogs. Periodontal and other dental diseases can be painful and seriously affect the general health and quality of life of an individual, yet animals usually conceal their discomfort, so clinical signs can be very subtle. Possible signs that your pet is suffering from dental disease include bad breath, changes in chewing behaviors (e.g. difficulty eating hard food), excessive drooling, pawing at the face, bleeding, or recessed gums, and tooth loss. When properly diagnosed, most dental conditions are treatable and carry an excellent prognosis. Clients commonly report a dramatic improvement in their pets’ attitude, appetite, and overall health after dental disease has been treated.
Many tooth-sparing procedures are now available to veterinary patients to overcome their dental disease without the pain of dental extractions. The following procedures and before and after photos here are examples of services offered at Puget Sound Veterinary Specialists.
- Periodontal treatment (i.e. treatment of gum disease)
- Dental cleaning/prophylaxis
- Involved periodontal scaling (root planing)
- Periodontal surgery
- Guided tissue regeneration
- Simple and surgical extractions and crown amputations
- Endodontic treatment (i.e. treatment of fractured or non-vital/“dead” teeth)
- Standard and surgical root canal therapy
- Management of malocclusion
- Deciduous (i.e. “baby”) tooth extractions
- Crown-height reduction with vital pulp therapy
- Orthodontic appliances (e.g. “braces”)
- Management of stomatitis
- Restorations of cavities and enamel defects
- Surgical biopsies and oral tumor staging
- Oral tumor excision
- Palatal defect (e.g. cleft palate) repair
- Maxillofacial trauma (e.g. jaw fracture) repair
- Salivary gland excision