Surgery - Periodontal

SVC is excited to offer a wide range of advanced clinical dental and oral surgery services to small animal practices and their patients. Basic cleaning and examinations under full general anesthesia and offer the most in comfortable and stress free environment for your pet. Advanced periodontal surgery, and orthodontic treatment of teeth, including jaw and oral fracture repairs. Oral laser therapy is available and applicable to several diseases and conditions. Options for saving teeth include root canal and restorative surgery (Coming Soon!).

Our philosophy is that every pet deserves a healthy, pain-free mouth, and we strive to provide the latest and best treatment options for all dental and oral diseases, including but not limited to the following:

  • Broken, damaged or discolored teeth
  • Overshot or undershot jaws
  • Base narrow canines
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Feline tooth resorption
  • Non-erupted or impacted teeth (retained deciduous teeth)
  • Chronic gingivostomatitis
  • Oral and facial trauma
  • Oral tumors
  • Difficult extractions
  • Dental procedures in patients with an increased anesthetic risk

Periodontal Disease Management
Periodontal disease is more than bad breath or red gums. Periodontal disease is the most common health problem in dogs and cats, causing both oral pain and systemic infection. While most pets can maintain a healthy mouth through a program of professional dental cleaning and dental homecare, some dogs and cats really struggle with oral infection and pain.

We can provide detailed assessment and management plans, and offer advanced alternatives to extraction.

Dental Radiology and Advanced Imaging
Our state of the art digital x-ray system is a crucial tool in the rapid diagnosis of all dental and oral problems to provide the most on the spot diagnosis.

Extraction Surgery and Oral Fracture Repairs
Difficult extractions such as the large canine teeth can be performed relatively quickly using advanced surgical techniques, and motorized drills. This is especially important in elderly or unhealthy patients where a shorter anesthetic time is very important, or when a large number of teeth need to be extracted. We use local nerve block techniques and advanced pain management to make recovery as smooth and comfortable as possible, with many patients returning home and eating the same day. Jaw fractures can be caused by trauma or oral masses, both types of conditions can be corrected. The staff at SVC will offer pain management during assessment of the condition, while the treatment plan and costs are presented to you.

Orthodontic Treatment
Due to growth problems, trauma or disease, some pets have malocclusions (uneven bites), where the normal alignment of the jaws and teeth is upset. This includes undershot or overshot jaws, base narrow canines and wry bite. In some cases this is only a cosmetic issue, and treatment is not recommended for these pets. However, in many animals life-long pain and infection can result from poorly aligned teeth damaging the gums, hard palate or other teeth.

We can offer a range of solutions, from extraction or crown reduction (surgical tooth shortening) through to use of orthodontic appliances.

COMING SOON: Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)
As in humans, broken and damaged teeth are a source of chronic pain and infection for animals. Endodontic therapy is an alternative to difficult or traumatic extraction of important teeth such as the canines and carnassial teeth, allowing the tooth to be saved and function to be retained. Root canal therapy is the most common procedure.