At MVVH we are very passionate about your pet's dental care. As the mouth is the gateway to your pet's body, maintaining a healthy mouth is a vital part of managing your pet's overall health and well-being. We have a dedicated dental suite in our hospital housing our surgical and cleaning dental equipment as well as our digital dental x-ray machine. Our veterinarians have trained at the Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore to ensure modern techniques in veterinary dentistry are employed using dental charting, dental x-rays, use of dental nerve blocks and surgical extraction techniques. Our veterinary technicians are trained to take dental x-rays and to provide dental cleaning utilizing our dental equipment. All pets undergoing a COHAT (Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment) at our hospital have a set of full-mouth dental x-rays included in the procedure. Why is this necessary? The simple truth is that important dental issues will be missed if dental x-rays are not performed every time. Important tooth structures are under the gum line that can not be seen with our eyes (see the example below). Treatment plans are individualized for each patient and we are happy to provide estimates for dental care. At MVVH every month is pet dental health month! Click on the following link to learn more about the treatment of dental disease in our patients
Signs of dental disease in your pet:
Chronic nasal discharge and sneezing
Hesitant to chew hard food
Red or bleeding gums
Dark brown build-up on teeth
Broken tooth (teeth)
Swelling under the eye
Extra teeth or missing teeth
Abnormal tooth/jaw alignment
** Amazingly many pets will continue to eat even with severe dental disease and "act" normally
MVVH Dental Surgery Suite
The Importance of Dental X-rays
When seeking out dental treatment for your pet it is important to ask if dental x-rays are a part of the your pet's dental health assessment. At MVVH, full mouth dental x-rays are included in every COHAT or dental procedure every time to ensure that disease lurking below the gumline is not missed that may cause ongoing dental pain in your pet.
Picture of a lower molar tooth in a patient after
a dental cleaning. It looks pretty normal on the outside right?
The dental x-ray of the same tooth shows a much different picture with serious disease under the gum line, bone destruction and infection.
PBMT Laser for Dental Healing
Photobiomodulation therapy is used extensively in our hospital and one area that it is used is post-operatively in our patients that have undergone dental surgery. PBMT laser therapy helps decrease apin and inflammation but also enhances healing of tissues. PBMT can also be used to treat chronic dental problems such as chronic gingivostomatatis, a painful oral condition that often affects cats.