Continuing on with the veterinary dental theme, this blog is going to talk about one of our latest dental cases. We are constantly discussing the importance of preventative dental care with our clients but never the less it sometimes takes a back seat. Dental disease has been linked in both humans and dogs/cats to other systemic disease such as kidney, liver and heart valve infections. Our veterinary clinic in Tampa wants to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy which will in turn give your pet a longer, healthier life. On average, our patients require full cleanings every 18- 24 months. Not bad considering they don’t brush their teeth on a daily basis. Remember we tend to brush our teeth 2-3 times daily and still need regular cleanings at our dentist. Our latest case shows the danger of waiting to long to have your dog’s teeth cleaned. Granted this is an extreme case, but it is still something that could have been prevented with more regular, preventative care. The initial presentation at our Tampa veterinary clinic was for a swelling under the eye. Based on location and clinical signs, the most likely diagnosis was tooth root abscess of the 4th premolar. Further exam was performed and revealed marked tartar and periodontal disease (see picture below) and an appointment was scheduled for sedation to treat the severe dental disease. Under sedation, multiple extraction and deep cleaning of the remainder of the tooth surfaces was performed in order to eliminate the severe oral infection. Below is the picture after the procedure was performed. What a difference this made and our patient is feeling much better (which is the important part). Once again, this represents an extreme case and one with routine, preventative care, would have not gotten to such and advanced degree.
Our Tampa veterinarians always recommend keeping a watch on your pet’s oral health and trying to maintain a clean mouth. This leads to a much happy, healthier pet and also a less expensive visit to the vet. On the patient listed above, the majority of the cost for it’s procedure was the extractions. We try as hard as possible to keep teeth in your pet’s mouth but when there is severe gum disease and bone infection, the only option is oral surgery.