Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent abnormal findings on physical exam. In fact, most pets show signs of calculus build up and gingivitis by three years of age. We recommend daily brushing to prolong the time between dental cleanings. However, brushing alone is rarely enough to prevent problems.
Dental disease usually noticed early as bad breath. If left untreated, periodontal disease can result in the loss of teeth, as well as systemic disease in other parts of the body, particularly the heart. We recommend routine dental prophylaxis under anesthesia to fully examine all aspects of the teeth and clean away the bacterial plaques. At Animal Doctor, we have advanced dentistry equipment that allows for the fastest and safest dental cleaning possible. We also have the experience and tools needed to perform challenging extractions, if needed.
Digital Dental Radiography (X-Rays)
Dental Radiographs show us what issues are hiding beneath the gum line, undetectable by physical examination alone. Some of the mysteries beneath the gum line can be quite painful, resulting in unexplained decrease in appetite.
The images below show root exposure (circles) and broken tooth roots (right).
Resorptive Lesions (seen below) are common in cats. This extremely painful condition is caused when the cells attack the tooth root structure. Many times, lesions like these could be missed without radiographs.