Clinical Procedures Discussed
- AVDS - Carnassial Abscesses Text and Photo Information Page - Dog Tooth Abscess
- This is an advanced form of an infected tooth. This condition is
usually caused by a fractured tooth (usually the upper fourth premolar) that has
been infected by the oral bacteria and died.
- AVDS - Cavities Information Page - Dog Tooth Health - Cat Tooth Health
- True bacterial cavities (caries) are relatively rare in our
animal patients. Bacterial cavities (caries) do occur in dogs and very rarely in cats. The most
common area is on the occlusal surface of the upper first molar.
- AVDS - Cavity Restorations Information Page - Dog Tooth Decay - Dog Cavities
- True bacterial cavities (caries) are relatively rare in our
animal patients. Cavity treatment in dogs is very similar to the treatment in people. First, a
dental radiograph is exposed to determine the extent of the decay and if there is root canal involvement...
- AVDS - Crown Therapy Information Page - Dog Tooth Restoration - Dog Tooth Problem
- Crown therapy is an option in broken or
diseased teeth. Rarely is it medically necessary, although it can improve
function and aesthetics of the teeth. Crowns are predominately fabricated
to increase the strength and size of a fractured tooth.
- AVDS - Dead Teeth Information Page - Dog Tooth Loss - Dog Tooth Decay - Dead Cat Tooth
- There are many causes for tooth death in animals.
The scary part is that these animals will almost never show outward signs of pain,
therefore they often go unnoticed. The most common is when the root canal becomes
exposed, as with a broken tooth, deep carious lesion, or a severely worn tooth.
- AVDS - Enamel Hypoplasia Information Page - Dog Tooth Health - Cat Tooth Health
- Enamel hypoplasia is a condition where the enamel does not form correctly, or is damaged during its development.
- AVDS - Enamel Hypoplasia Restoration Information Page - Dog Tooth Health - Cat Tooth Health
- There are three basic goals to the treatment of enamel hypoplasia (actually enamel
hypocalcificatin). The first is to remove the dentinal sensitivity produced when the enamel is lost from the tooth surface...
- AVDS - Endodontic Disease Information Page - Dog Tooth Disease - Pulpitis
- The endodontic system is the pulp tissue (blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue)
that are in the root canals and pulp chambers in our and our patients' teeth. This system
supplies the living tooth with all components it needs to live and mature.
Endodontic disease refers to any inflammation to this organ which is called pulpitis.
- AVDS - Extractions Information Page - Dog Loose Teeth - Pulling Out Dog Teeth - Cat Loose Tooth
- Extractions are by far the most common oral surgery performed in
animals. However, to a veterinary dentist, extraction is often viewed as a defeat. Most teeth are
salvageable, but sometimes the degree of disease, health status of the patient, inability of the
owner to perform homecare and financial constraints make extraction the best option.
- AVDS - Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions Information Page - Cat Tooth - Cat Mouth Lesions
- Feline oral resorptive lesions are second only to periodontal
disease in incidence of oral disease. They have only been recognized for about the last 40 years,
with increasing frequency starting in the 70?s.
- AVDS - Broken Teeth Information Page - Dog Tooth - Cat Tooth
- Broken teeth are a very common occurrence in dogs and cats.
They can break due to trauma (hit by a car, ball, or rock) or due to chewing on hard objects.
- AVDS - Interceptive Orthodontics Information Page - Braces for Dog Teeth - Dog Tooth Health
- Interceptive orthodontics is the practice of
extracting the deciduous dentition in an attempt to avoid an adult malocclusion.
- AVDS - Jaw Fractures and Their Fixation Information Page - Dog Jaw Fracture - Broken Dog Jaw
- The main way for a jaw to fracture is by a traumatic insult
(hit by car, a fall, fighting). However, there are instances called pathologic
fractures where the jaw is weakened by another disease process, and can be broken with
out any real trauma (eating for instance).
- AVDS - Oral Nasal Fistula Information Page - Advanced Periodontal Disease - Dog Tooth Check
- This is usually an advanced form of periodontal disease. It occurs when the
bacteria in plaque destroy the periodontal attachment and bone of an upper tooth until it reaches the nasal cavity.
- AVDS - Oral Tumors Information Page - Dog Mouth Cancer - Dog Oral Tumor
- The oral cavity is a very common area for cancer to occur.
In dogs there are numerous benign growths, however in cats the incidence of non-malignant tumors is rare.
- AVDS - Orthodontic Appliances Information Page - Braces for Dog Teeth - Fix Animal Teeth
- There are many forms of orthodontic appliances depending
on the type of problem and operator preference. The following treatments are what I have
found work well, however there are many other acceptable methods for most of these problems.
- AVDS - Orthodontic Problems Information Page - Orthodontic Appliances
- Orthodontic problems are becoming more prevalent in our dogs
and cats mostly due to selective breeding. They can occur in any breed and in mixed breed dogs
as well. Most orthodontic problems that effect the size of the jaw are considered genetic, and
the affected animals should not be used for breeding.
- AVDS - Periodontal Disease Information Page - Dog Tooth Health - Cat Tooth Health
- Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria from the
mouth form on the teeth in a substance called plaque. The plaque makes its way under
the gumline and sets in motion a vicious circle, which can eventually lead to tooth loss.
- AVDS - Dental Prophylaxis (Cleaning) Information Page - Brush Dog Teeth - Clean Cat Teeth
- A dental prophylaxis is performed not only to clean the teeth, but also
to evaluate the oral cavity for any other problems that might be present. The cleaning not only includes
what you can see, but also the area under the gumline, which is the most important part.
- AVDS - Standard Root Canal Therapy Information Page - Veterinary Dentistry
- This is the most common treatment done in our referral dental
practice. Performed mostly for deep caries lesions in people, but mostly for fractured teeth
in animals. Any cause of tooth death is an indication for this procedure.
- AVDS - Vital Pulpotomy Information Page - Veterinary Dentistry
- This procedure differs from a root canal in that
the tooth is still alive (vital). It is an easier procedure to perform as only
the top (coronal) portion is removed.
- AVDS - Worn Teeth Information Page - Dog Teeth Health - Cat Teeth Health
- There are many causes for worn teeth in a dog or cat.
The most common is pruritis (itching and chewing), because hair is very abrasive.
This will commonly cause severe wearing of the incisors, although the canines can also be affected.