Learn more about our pet dentistry services below.
Pet Dentistry in Murray, KY
Sometimes when we think of regular care for our pets, we often don’t realize how important of a role their teeth can play. Pets need regular dental care, just as we do, to keep their smile pearly white and healthy. Frequent brushing and regular dental cleanings can minimize the problems that occur with unhealthy teeth. We offer a variety of at-home dental care as well as in-house dental services to ensure that you are able to keep your pet’s smile in great condition. Should you discover that your pet’s teeth are in distress, however, we can certainly aid you in getting his or her smile back to a healthy condition.
Pet Dental Cleanings
When your pet reaches a point where cleaning is necessary, our trained doctors and technicians will scale, polish, and apply fluoride to his or her teeth to bring them back to a healthy status. Moderate to severe build-up of tartar can create several problems. Not only can it cause a foul odor, but there are also other problems that can have far-reaching consequences. Plaque and tartar are full of bacteria that build up and create gingivitis or inflammation of the gums. As the gums recede, bleeding will occur because of chronic aggravation. Most times, this bleeding is so slight that it is not even noticeable, but it allows an opportunity for the bacteria to enter the bloodstream. The bacteria can then go to the heart, kidneys, and even joints and may cause lifelong damage or illness.
As you can see, the difference after a dental cleaning with our trained staff is quite dramatic. Once this process is finished, our doctors or technicians will explain what at-home dental care you can use to maintain this healthy smile and minimize further health problems incurred by unhealthy teeth. In some cases, this will provide adequate treatment to keep tartar at bay for several years. Some pets will require a more aggressive program to control the build-up. There are several products available to help in the control of tartar formation.
Pet Dental Extractions
Pet dental extractions are a common and routine dental procedure performed by veterinarians. The most common reason for an extraction is to remove a tooth that is damaged or decayed beyond repair. Extractions may also be necessary to remove teeth that are causing pain or infection. Recovery from an extraction is typically fairly quick, so your pet should be able to return to their normal activities within a few days.