Judd Veterinary Clinic

301 East Spring Valley Road
Hewitt, TX 76643



Canine and Feline Dentistry 

Dental disease is the number one disease in dogs and cats and over 70% of dogs and 50% of cats over 2 years old have some degree of dental disease and because of this, we have a special interest in treating this painful disease. The American Veterinary Dental College indicates symptoms of dental disease include bad breath (halitosis), loose teeth or teeth covered in tartar, pain on opening the mouth or eating, drooling or dropping food from the mouth, bleeding from the mouth and loss of weight. However, some of these symptoms such as pain are only noted in very severe dental disease and this leads many pet owners to feel their pet is okay when they may have significant dental disease. Also although the pet may continue eating, we know dental disease is painful so these pets are in some pain even if they do not show it. If you lift the lip of your pet and observe brown tartar on the teeth, some dental disease is present and it is critical your vet examine your pet’s teeth at every office exam to find these problems early and this is the method we use at Judd Veterinary Clinic. If you see tartar in your pet’s mouth adjacent to the gum line, we know some degree of infection is present. Unfortunately, many owners believe there is no significant dental disease as long as their pet is eating and this is not true as many pets have serious dental disease and continue eating. Because this is such a serious and common disease in pets, we at Judd Veterinary Clinic have invested in state of the art dental equipment, training, and digital dental radiology to thoroughly examine and treat your pet’s dental disease.

With dental radiology, we find many PAINFUL fractured roots and abscessed teeth that would be missed if xrays of the teeth were not available so xrays of the teeth are critical when dental cleaning and exam is performed. To perform xrays, of course your per will need to be anesthetized and although there is always a risk with anesthesia, the risk is very slight in a healthy pet. Also, the infection in the mouth is under the gum and this infection can only be treated with cleaning of the area under the gum. Although some veterinarians offer non anesthetic dental cleanings, it is impossible to perform a thorough exam and xray the teeth without anesthesia. If you have questions about dental disease in your pet, call our office.

Examples below are of 2 different dogs that had major dental disease that would not be found without anesthesia and xrays. The first image below reveals a tooth root abscess of the upper 4th premolar tooth in a dog that is painful and would not be found without dental xrays. The abscess is circled. There is also a tooth that is almost out of the bone to the right of the abscessed tooth that is circled and infection has destroyed the bone surrounding the tooth We extracted these painful teeth. The second image is of the upper jaw of a small dog that was seen recently by another vet but xrays were not taken and the dog had 3 painful fractured roots retained that should have been extracted at the previous cleaning. However, since the other vet did not take xrays, the painful roots were not extracted. The retained roots are circled. We extracted these painful roots.