Judd Veterinary Clinic

301 East Spring Valley Road
Hewitt, TX 76643

(254)666-3355

www.juddvetclinic.com

Canine and Feline Dentistry

 

Dental disease is the number one disease in dogs and cats with over 70% of dogs and 50% of cats over 2 years of age having some degree of dental disease. Dental disease is a painful condition and it is for this reason we have taken a special interest in canine and feline dentistry.

The American Veterinary Dental College indicates symptoms of dental disease include halitosis (bad breath), loose teeth, teeth covered in tartar, pain on opening the mouth or eating, drooling or dropping food from the mouth, bleeding from the mouth, and weight loss. 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. 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 physical exam to find these problems early and this is the method we use at Judd Veterinary Clinic. We have also 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 dental conditions like fractured tooth roots, abscesses, and resorptive lesions that would be missed if x-rays of the teeth where not available. Because dental radiographs are so critical, we perform full mouth digital dental radiographs with ALL our dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) procedures. To perform x-rays, your pet 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 below the gumline and can only be treated with cleaning of these areas. Although some veterinarians offer non anesthetic dental cleanings, it is impossible to perform a thorough exam, x-rays, and proper dental cleaning without anesthesia. If you have any questions about dental disease in your pet, please call our office.


 

Examples of dental disease shown below

Tartar build-up

Broken upper canine tooth

Retained deciduous (baby) tooth

 

Examples of dental disease only found by dental radiographs are shown below.

This is a tooth root abscess of the upper 4th premolar tooth in a dog. This is painful and would not have been found without dental x-rays. The abscess is circled. There is also a tooth that is almost out of the bone to the right of the abscessed tooth and infection has destroyed the bone surrounding the tooth. These painful teeth were surgically extracted.

X-ray of the upper jaw of a small dog that was recently seen by another vet but x-rays were not taken. This dog had 3 painful fractured roots retained that should have been extracted at the previous dental cleaning. However, since the other vet did not take dental x-rays, these painful roots were not extracted. The retained roots are circled in the image. We surgically extracted these painful roots.

Circled in this x-ray is a resorptive lesion that would not have been seen without radiographs. Resorptive lesions cause the tooth to dissolve and are painful. This tooth was surgically extracted.