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Dental health is frequently an overlooked aspect of pet care, yet it is crucial to your pet’s overall wellbeing and quality of life. Without appropriate dental care, pets can develop various dental issues, including gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. These problems can result in pain, infection, and difficulty eating, affecting your pet’s happiness and quality of life.

Our team of experienced veterinarians and technicians at Concord Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to providing high-quality dental care for cats and dogs of all ages and breeds. We offer a range of services, including dental exams, cleanings, extractions, and more. Our dental services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual pet, ensuring they receive the best possible care.

One of the most important tools we utilise in our dental care services is dental x-rays. Dental x-rays enable us to see beneath the surface of your pet’s teeth and gums, revealing any hidden dental issues that may not be visible during a regular dental exam. This can help us detect and treat dental problems before they become more serious, improving your pet’s overall health and preventing future complications.

Our hospital employs state-of-the-art digital dental x-ray technology, which provides clear, high-resolution images in real-time. This allows us to quickly and accurately diagnose dental issues, so we can begin treatment as soon as possible. Our digital x-ray technology also reduces the amount of radiation exposure for your pet, making the process safer and more comfortable.

We understand that your furry friends are more than just pets. They are cherished members of your family, and we take their health and well-being very seriously. That’s why we offer comprehensive dental services for both cats and dogs, including dental x-rays.

Regrettably, many pets suffer from dental issues that can lead to discomfort, pain, and systemic health problems if left untreated. If you’re concerned about your pet’s dental health, we encourage you to contact our hospital. Our experienced team can evaluate your pet’s dental health and recommend a personalised treatment plan to keep their teeth and gums healthy and strong.

Here is an overview of some common dental problems in cats and dogs:

  • Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the most common dental problem in cats and dogs. It occurs when plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth and cause inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, jaw bone damage, and even systemic health issues, such as heart, kidney, and liver disease.
  • Gingivitis: Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease, characterised by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. It is caused by the accumulation of plaque on the teeth, which irritates the gums. If addressed early, gingivitis can be reversed with proper dental care and treatment.
  • Tooth Fractures: Tooth fractures are common in both cats and dogs, often resulting from chewing on hard objects or due to trauma. Fractured teeth can be painful and may lead to infections if the pulp is exposed. Treatment for tooth fractures depends on the severity and may include dental fillings, root canal therapy, or tooth extraction.
  • Tooth Resorption: Tooth resorption, more common in cats, is a painful condition where the tooth’s structure begins to dissolve and break down. The exact cause of tooth resorption is not well understood, but it often leads to tooth loss if left untreated. Treatment options include extraction or, in some cases, crown amputation to alleviate pain.
  • Stomatitis: Stomatitis is a severe inflammatory condition affecting the oral cavity, particularly the gums, cheeks, and throat. It is more common in cats but can also occur in dogs. Pets with stomatitis experience significant pain and discomfort, making it difficult for them to eat. Treatment may include dental cleanings, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and, in severe cases, tooth extraction.
  • Malocclusion: Malocclusion refers to an improper alignment of the teeth, leading to an abnormal bite. This can be a result of genetics, tooth loss, or jaw growth abnormalities. Malocclusion can cause difficulty in eating, excessive wear on the teeth, and increased risk of periodontal disease. Treatment options depend on the severity of the malocclusion and may include orthodontic intervention or selective tooth extraction.

 

To prevent dental problems in cats and dogs, regular dental care is essential. This includes daily teeth brushing, providing dental chews or toys, and scheduling routine professional dental cleanings with your veterinarian. By being proactive with your pet’s dental health, you can help ensure their overall well-being and longevity. In addition to our dental services, we offer a range of other veterinary services, including preventative care, surgery, and emergency care. Our goal is to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for your pets, enabling them to live happy, healthy lives.

Contact Us About Dentistry

Please submit your enquiry, and our team shall respond within 24 hours. If the matter is urgent or an emergency, kindly contact us directly at 02 9743 1715. For emergencies outside of regular business hours, please reach Sash Vet ICU at 02 9889 0289.

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