Bonded Sealants for Fractured Teeth

Fractured teeth are a very common occurrence in our pets, especially large breed dogs. This is because they tend to be more orally active and chew on hard things which break their teeth. Mm in addition, they are often more energetic and run into walls, etc.  When the nerve is directly exposed, it is called a complicated crown fracture.  If your pet has an exposed nerve, this procedure is not indicated.  Root canal therapy or extractions are the only real options for a tooth with direct pulp exposure.

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Pet Jaw Fracture Repair

There are many causes of jaw fractures in dogs and cats, but by far the most common is trauma. More specifically, hit by cars, falls, and fights. These patients typically present with other signs of trauma as well. Therefore, stabilization of the patient is often required prior to fixing the jaw. However, there are instances when the jaw breaks due to being weakened by a disease which is called a “pathologic fracture”.

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Pet Endodontics

Root canal therapy involves removal of a pet's diseased or infected root canal. The most common indication for root canal therapy in dogs and cats is a fractured tooth. Other indications are discolored (dead) teeth or abscessed teeth.

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Pet Orthodontics

Orthodontic problems are becoming more prevalent in our dogs and cats mostly due to selective breeding. They can occur in any breed and in mixed breed dogs as well. Most orthodontic problems that effect the size of the jaw are considered genetic, and the affected animals should not be used for breeding. At this time, defects of tooth location only are considered non-genetic, and may be treated. This may change as more studies are done.

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Pet Tooth Restorations (Fillings)

The most common reasons for restorations in dogs are tooth fractures, enamel hypoplasia, and cavities. Treating tooth defects in pets is very similar to treating cavities in you and I. We utilize only non-toxic, esthetic filling materials.  The most common one is called composite which is basically a reinforced plastic which is approximately the same color as the tooth.

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Pet Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria from the mouth form on the pet's teeth in a substance called plaque. The plaque makes it’s way under the gumline and sets in motion a vicious circle, which can eventually lead to tooth loss for the animal. The bacteria in the subgingival plaque will secrete toxins. These toxins damage the periodontal tissues and can decrease the attachment.

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Veterinary Dental Radiology

Veterinary dental radiology is a very useful tool in diagnosing disease in the pet's nasal/oral region. In cases of facial swelling or chronic nasal discharge, veterinary dental radiographs can be of great assistance in the diagnosis and treatment planning. 

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