Over a third of all our pets over three years of age have dental disease!! Imagine how our mouths would get if we didn’t brush/floss daily?
Our veterinary dentistry team enthusiastically tackle this real issue on a daily basis. We have built on the solid foundation left by Lisa Allen: Lisa’s family has a multi-generational dentistry history (including her brother Dr David Nelson) and established top rate protocols for all of our oral surgery.
Pets get the whole range of dental issue that humans can suffer from, although cavities have an entirely different cause (not sugar!) in our patients. The simple fact is that without good regular dental care many problems develop which cause bad breath, toothache, dental abscesses, and ultimately painful tooth loss or fracture.
There is now a good body of evidence to suggest that advanced periodontal disease also seeds out infection through the body, contributing to liver, kidney and heart disease.
Cats in particular can suffer terrible pain from their dental diseases, and can become completely anorexic, and there have even been recorded deaths due to this severe oral pain and associated starvation. Chronic Gingivostomatitis is especially difficult to manage.
It is a little recognised fact that dog and cat teeth are very much more firmly anchored in the jaw than are human teeth. You may hear of people having teeth knocked out, but a similar trauma to a dog or cat tooth will simply shatter the tooth leaving the painful root in place. This has implications for the time it takes us to extract teeth. Virtually all our extractions (except for very advanced periodontal disease with bone loss) are surgical extractions similar to having an impacted wisdom tooth removed. The reason this is worth noting, is that it explains why sometimes the costs associated with extractions can be very considerable.
We are of course happy to provided estimates for all our work, but accurate estimates for dentistry can be difficult to make. Some extractions are a nightmare in terms of the time taken to loosen roots and section teeth, so there is always a significant degree of latitude in an estimate for dentistry.
Insurance and Dental Work
Many insurance companies have held their premiums down by excluding dental work. Please check the small print of your policy. Remember that even those (like Agria) who continue to cover dental disease require that your annual health checks including vaccinations and dental checks are up to date, and that any noted veterinary advice has been followed promptly.
If your policy does not cover dental work, or if your pet is not insured, please be aware the Pet Health Club includes 10% discount on all dental work, which we hope will help.
Free Dental Checks
Our team of qualified vet nurses will be happy to offer a free dental check-up if you have any concerns, and routinely offer free follow up consultations after all dental work has been done.
Click the link to see the process involved in teeth cleaning: [genericon icon=external]Teeth Cleaning Process
Click the link to see a wonderfully illustrated guide to Canine Dentistry prepared for Pet Smile week: truly fascinating insight into this complex and very important area…why not have a read??!? [genericon icon=external]canine_dentistry_guide