Dental Care


Warnbro Sound vet clinic pet dentistry

Our Comprehensive Dental Examinations & Treatments include:

- Dental Consultation - to assess your pets' dental condition & advise you on treatment/s required.

- Full Mouth Dental Xrays - to assess all teeth above & below the jawbones. Assessment of which teeth need to be removed can only be made with xrays

- Scale & Polish - to remove all plaque, tartare & calculus, explore & apply full oral hygiene to all the gums (gingiva).

- Extractions - remove diseased, dead or fractured teeth..

- Complete Dental Home Care Education - you will advised & educated on how to protect your investment in your pets dental care through life-long home oral care.

- FREE 3 monthly Dental Checkups for Life - speaks for itself!

DENTAL EXAMINATIONS EXPLAINED

Did you know that "Periodontal Disease" is the most common disease seen in small animal practice? It's not surprising really - we brush our teeth twice a day but our pets don't, do they?

80% of dogs over 3 years old and 50% of cats have a degree of dental disease! Please don't let your pet be one of them. We are here to help ensure your pets have a clean, hygienic and pain free mouth.

Periodontal Disease is the most common disease seen in small animal practice!

What is "Periodontal Disease"?

Dental disease starts out from plaque formation - plaque is a biofilm that develops spontaneously on the hard tooth surface. Plaque occurs daily, developing very quickly after a teeth clean - this is why we brush our teeth twice a day! 

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Plaque induces Periodontal Disease (PD) - the first stage of which is Gingivitis - red, swollen, painful gums that bleed easily. Bacteria produce foul smelling substances that gives the animal bad breath or "halitosis" Intervention at this early stage can reverse the disease processes.

Plaque presence causes calculus to form on the tooth, this hardens into tartare - very hard, brown material that can only be cracked and scraped off the tooth.

Ongoing disease or periodontitis, causes the inflammed gingiva (gums) to recede, the inflammation causes loss of the normally strong attachements of the tooth to its bony socket. The infection grows, invading deeper pockets around the tooth and bone, eventually causing bone loss to occur. The disease process at this stage is now irreversible.

Systemic infection can occur in other organs of the body - bacterial spread through the bloodstream can cause abcesses or disease in the kidneys, heart and liver.

What can we do to ensure our pets' have painfree mouths?

If we treat the animals at the early stages of disease, the disease process can be reversible.  We add on a home care plan to suit you and your pet, so you can protect your investment in dental care and have peace of mind your pet will have a painfree mouh.

1) Thorough oral examinations every 6 months, allow us to intervene at the very early, reversible stages of dental changes. Early intervention starts with Dental Prophy :

  •  A thorough oral exam of all teeth under General Anaesthesia
  •  Scale & Polish to clean and freshen your pets teeth. 
  • Attention to detail at this early stage can help prevent the onset of severe dental disease.
  •  Thereafter, home dental plans & six monthly checkups (FREE) provide ongoing dental maintenance.

2) When advanced, irreversible PD is present, our intervention requires:

  • Thorough examination of the mouth to determine extent of damage.
  • Xrays to examine the tooth roots and extent of bone loss.
  • Extractions to remove nonviable, infected & damaged teeth.

Do you HAVE TO use general anaesthesia?

Even though some of our animal patients will tolerate a brief oral exam - we will not impose probing of their gums, nor anything like scaling nor tooth removal, whilst awake!

Examination and probing of gums is painful. Red, swollen gums are painful. Bad breath indicates dental disease - painful! We are sure you would not want your pets to undergo painful examinations.

Furthermore, just scaling and polishing teeth does nothing to examine, diagnose nor treat the underlaying disease processes that will be present in the gingiva, pockets and tooth roots.

The Australian Veterinary Association DOES NOT condone teeth scaling and polishing without general anaesthesia.

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Are Xrays Necessary?

By investing in quality dental equipment we can provide the very best in dental care for your pet. Intraoral radiographs have revealed underlying pathology in 30% of dogs and 41% of cats where no abnormal findings were found on oral examination alone. 

 Cats and dogs are their own worst enemy as they hide pain. Dental x-ray is a visual way of diagnosing pathology & proving a pets discomfort is present.  The teeth might present with no abnormal findings on the surface but an x-ray can demonstrate abscesses, resorption of bone & fractures - alerting us that treatment is required. 

Finding more pathology and planning treatment confirms our role as a caring, effective veterinary professional. Human dentists take x-rays when you visit & we should expect no lesser treatment for our pets. We need to see what is happening below the gum where a whole world awaits that we just can’t see without x-ray. With dental x-ray we can say with confidence that we are giving your pets the highest level of care and treatment.

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