Dental Care

Your pet’s overall health greatly depends on the health of their teeth and gums. When we examine your pet’s mouth, we are checking for gum disease, tartar, broken teeth, retained baby teeth, an abnormal bite and signs of pain. In most cases periodontal disease is a preventable disease. We are happy to discuss all types of preventative oral health care, including brushing, oral rinses and specialized diets that really do help keep your pet’s teeth clean!

Dental care

Our doctors have specialized training in veterinary dental care

Poor dental hygiene can lead to gingivitis and plaque buildup over time. This can lead to cavities, gum recession, bacterial contamination, loose teeth and root exposure. These conditions cause pain and can lead to problems with internal organs.

At Central Animal Hospital, both Dr. Carey Keith and Dr. Trinity Smith have special training in veterinary dental care.

Just like in your own dentist’s office, we perform digital dental X-rays to assess the entire mouth, both above and below the gum line. As periodontal disease is progressive, and most importantly in the beginning stages-reversible, we help make sure potential problems are taken care of before they become troublesome.

Dental x-ray

Our doctors have specialized training in veterinary dental care

Sometimes, the tooth is diseased to a point that the best thing for your pet is extraction of that tooth. Once a tooth has been identified as needing extraction through a dental exam and radiographs, we perform an intraoral local anesthetic block to numb the area. In doing so, it not only provides pain relief for hours after the procedure, it allows us to maintain general anesthesia with lower amounts of gas, making the overall procedure safer for your pet. This reduces complications, helps your pet recover faster, and gets them back to normal eating sooner. Your pet will be sent home home with several days of pain control to help them be as comfortable as possible.

For more specialized dental care, including root canals, orthodontics and restorations, we are happy to refer to our local veterinary dentist, Dr. Theresa Jacobson.

Your veterinarian’s role in your pet’s dental care is in this document with the link here:  Veterinarian’s role in your pet’s dental care

Important Information!

As an essential service in our society it is important that we remain open to help our patients in need of Veterinary care. In order to do accomplish this we must implement the following:
Maximum of one client in the waiting area at any one time, please wait in your car or outside until others have left the lobby area.
We are asking our clients to wait in their vehicle and we will retrieve your pet for any technician or surgery admission. We are emailing surgery consent forms. If you have been out of the country or have been exposed to anyone who is unwell we ask that you not attend the appointment.
We are asking our senior or immune compromised clients NOT TO enter our building. We will help in any way possible, please contact us.
We are cleaning intensively and frequently in order to keep our staff members and members of our community safe.
Facetime and telemedicine appointments are available with subsequent drop offs for diagnostics if needed.

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