Advanced Dentistry for Companion Animals
Dental care for your pets is just as important as it is for humans. Services include preventative measures, such as annual cleanings, as well as treatments for injuries or cancerous growths. Our staff is equipped and trained to perform oral and facial surgeries, extractions, root canals, periodontal care, and orthodontics. We also repair broken teeth with crowns or restorations, much like a dentist you might visit.
Dr. Hall’s Credentials
Dr. Richard Hall D.V.M. started the advanced dentistry part of his practice in the early 1990s. As someone who raised Rottweilers, he observed many dogs of this breed and others with broken teeth. In 1991, Dr. Hall and a local dentist collaborated to repair a German Shepherd’s tooth with a crown. Inspired, Dr. Hall enrolled in courses at the Animal Dental Training Center in Maryland. He earned his Master’s in Endodontics, Orthodontics, Crowns and Restorations, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Oral Surgery.
Diseases of the mouth can easily spread to the rest of the body through the vascular system, so prevention is key. Luckily, your pet’s oral health can be managed with daily tooth brushings, primarily for dogs, and annual cleanings by our staff. Our clinic also carries products, such as chews and water and food additives, to help prevent and slow dental disease between cleanings.
Signs of Dental Problems
Some dental issues will be obvious. You can usually spot a broken tooth, especially if it’s in a readily visible area of the mouth. Other, less apparent, signs include bad breath, loss of appetite, and evidence of pain like whimpering or wincing. Also, if you notice a growth or tumor on your pet’s face or in the mouth, make an appointment with us as soon as possible.
Common Dental Procedures
Besides regular cleanings, which should be scheduled at least annually, we provide oral x-rays to fully evaluate your pet’s mouth. Should your companion animal have a broken tooth, we can extract it or repair it with a crown or restoration.
For dogs and other pets with bite abnormalities, we offer orthodontic treatments. Tumors, whether cancerous or not, can be removed with oral or facial surgery. In the most extreme cases, a pet’s jaw may need to be removed to stop the spread of the cancerous cells. Dr. Hall and his staff have experience with even the most difficult procedures.
What to Expect
Any dentistry work we do requires sedating your pet. Rest assured that we use the safest general anesthesia available.
You can expect your pet to recover within a few days of tooth extractions, while more invasive procedures, such as oral and facial surgeries, may take a few weeks. We will consult with you before any treatment to let you know how long your pet will need to recuperate and what you should do to make your pet more comfortable.
If you have pet insurance, please present it to us prior to any procedures so that we can submit your claims for you.