Veterinary Dental Care Services offered at
Advanced Veterinary Dentistry in Albuquerque
At Advanced Veterinary Dentistry in Albuquerque, we specialize in pet dental care and oral surgery because we know the importance of quality dental care. Dogs, cats and other pets need dental care as much as their human family members do, and their oral health plays a critical role in their overall health and comfort. Our Albuquerque veterinarian, Dr. Carol Breslin, who’s practice is Limited to Dentistry and Oral Surgery, understands the importance of oral health and the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment of these issues. Dr. Carol Breslin and her highly-trained, caring staff work hard to minimize every patient’s risks, stress and pain throughout their dental procedure. We offer the following services at our Albuquerque Dental Clinic
Routine Pet Dental Cleanings
Good oral health depends on many factors, genetics, good home dental care, but the foundation is quality dental care. Preventative dental cleanings on a routine basis allows us to do a thorough cleaning, oral examination and full mouth dental radiographs to detect, properly treat and prevent further dental disease. During your pet’s dental cleaning Dr. Breslin will look for evidence of any oral abnormalities such as periodontal disease (gum disease), fractured teeth, tooth resorption, oral cancers and will recommend proper treatments as needed.
Digital Dental Radiographs
Dental X-rays are an invaluable diagnostic tool for the proper dental care of our pets and at Advanced Veterinary Dentistry, in order to provide the highest quality dental care we routinely perform dental radiographs on all our patients. Dental radiography allows us to find 50% more dental disease than oral examination alone! Whether it is to evaluate the presence of periodontal disease (infection of the bone and tissues surrounding teeth), the health of a tooth, the presence of bone issues or tooth resorption (tooth destruction), dental radiographs are crucial in detecting oral problems and guiding us in proper treatment choices.
Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is very common among companion animals, in fact, it is the most common disease that affects our pets! It is estimated that more than 80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 years suffer from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the bone and soft tissues that hold a tooth in place and can range from mild infection to total tooth loss. There is evidence to support the findings that like in humans, periodontal infection can have negative effects on the heart, kidneys and overall health. The good news is that with proper detection and treatment by a veterinary dentist, the progression of this oral disease can be slowed and controlled. In some cases, using periodontal surgery techniques and procedures, teeth can be treated and not extracted.
Endodontics involves dental care and surgeries involving the pulp of the tooth such as root canal therapy. The pulp of the tooth includes the blood vessels and nerves that keep each tooth alive. If the pulp is damaged or becomes inflamed due to trauma or fracture, your pet may need specialized treatment, such as a root canal procedure, to prevent the need for tooth extraction and to prevent infection and pain.
Orthodontics and Pedodontics for our Pets
Every pet deserves to live with a comfortable, functional occlusion or bite. Common occlusion problems like an overbite, underbite or malpositioned teeth can cause a pet a lifetime of pain. These problems can be identified early in life and treated with interceptive orthodontics or later in life with numerous options.
At some point in your pet’s life, he or she may need oral surgery, from tooth extractions to surgery for an oral tumor, we perform the entire continuum of oral surgeries at Advanced Veterinary Dentistry in Albuquerque:
- Tooth extractions
- Oral fracture repairs
- Tooth luxation and avulsion reductions
- Oral tumor biopsy and resection
- Maxillectomies and mandibulectomies
- Soft tissue trauma repairs
Restorative Dentistry for Pets
Tooth Restorations are designed to protect teeth and return them to normal function and appearance. Restorative options for our pets include:
- Crown (caps)
- Dental fillings
- Enamel defect repairs