We are very excited to announce the arrival of our new dentistry x ray machine!
Dental x rays are the gold standard for veterinary dentistry, they allow us to identify abnormalities in the teeth which cannot be detected by the naked eye, e.g. infected bone, tumours, fractures and dissolving of the enamel. This means we can identify issues and remove teeth before a problem starts to arise. In addition, they help us to identify abnormal roots which could cause a problem during extraction – a human dentist wouldn’t dream of extracting a tooth without radiographs first!
(This photo shows dental disease in a cat. This is called ‘resorption’, where the tooth is basically dissolving, allowing the nerves and pulp of the tooth to be exposed. This is an extremely painful condition.)
To ensure we are providing you with the best service we can, our vet, Sophie, has also just completed a dentistry course, learning the most up-to-date techniques and treatment protocols.
Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see in the veterinary world. It can often be missed as we tend to think that if our pets are still eating, there isn’t a problem. Animals, however, are very good at hiding pain and it is amazing how often we hear how much happier our patients are after they have had dental treatment (they also tend to smell much better!). Signs of dental disease can be: reluctance to eat hard food or play with toys, smelly breath, facial swellings, dribbling, lack of grooming (especially noticeable in cats).
If you think your pet may need dental treatment or would just like them to have a dental check, please book into our free dental clinic with our nurses. They can also give you advice about the best way to look after your animal’s teeth and hopefully prevent future disease.