Dental Procedures

We provide the following advanced dental therapies beyond our 12 Steps of High Quality Dentistry Care:

Oro-nasal Fistula Repair:

An oro-nasal fistula is typically a non-healing opening from the nasal cavity to the oral cavity.  These typically occur secondary to severe tooth infections or other disease process associated with the upper canine, premolar, or molar teeth.

Bonded Sealants:

Tooth fractures are often very painful even if the pulp (contains blood vessel and nerve) is not exposed.  The enamel on your pets tooth is usually only 0.1-1mm thick.  Underneath the enamel of the tooth is the dentin and this is commonly exposes when a tooth is fractured.  The dentin allows communication to the vessels and nerves in the pulp which is why they are painful and predisposed to infections even when the pulp is not directly exposed.  If the tooth appears vital (alive) and there is a fracture, then a sealant should be applied.  The sealant immediately seals the dentin helping to prevent infection, decrease pain, and speed up the healing process of the tooth.  The sealant is similar to the type used on children’s teeth and provides around 3-12 months of protection.  This period of protection allows the tooth time to heal on its own.  If your pet has a fracture with pulp exposure then sealants will not help and your pet needs to have the tooth extracted or a root canal performed to attempt to save the tooth.

Tooth extractions:

We can surgically remove any teeth that need to be removed.  Surgical removal greatly decreased the risk of jaw fractures, increases healing time, results in decreased pain, and requires less anesthesia because the extraction is able to be done faster.  Tooth extractions may be needed if a tooth is infected, fractured, retained deciduous teeth, malpositioned teeth, or non-vital (dead) teeth.  Cats with severe stomatitis also typically require extractions of their teeth.

Nerve Blocks:

We perform nerve blocks on all pets that receive major dental work.  This is similar to the type of nerve block you receive at your dentist when they perform major dental work on you.  A nerve block will typically provide around 6-8 hours of additional pain relief.