Pet Dental Care

The Importance of Dental Care

Dental CareSteele Creek Animal Hospital offers complete dental evaluations and services, including dental prophylaxis, dental radiology, periodontal care, oral surgery, and extractions when needed. We use the latest in dental technology including ultrasonic and Roto-Pro Burr scalers and have a board certified veterinary dentist less than one mile from our hospital in Charlotte for referral if needed.

Good dental hygiene can increase your pet's health, vitality, well-being, and add additional years to his or her life. Regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings help ensure your pet leads the best life possible.

Dental evaluations are part of our puppy and kitten examinations. Pediatric dental problems such as retained or broken baby teeth, or congenital bite abnormalities (jaw too long or too short) are common and if left untreated will damage your pet's permanent teeth.

Dental evaluations are part of our Adult Wellness examinations so that we can detect signs of early gingivitis and periodontal disease. Early detection and care prevents infections and tooth loss.

If left untreated, dental disease can be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, and it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's health before symptoms are noticeable. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by 2 years of age.

Should your pet need a dental prophylaxis, your beloved companion is thoroughly examined and pre-anesthetic lab work is evaluated prior to this procedure. Your pet's anesthesia is carefully monitored during all dental procedures as are his/her blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels. An individual pain protocol is established for your pet based on the complexity of the procedure.

Your pet's dental prophylaxis includes:

  • Examinations of each tooth and the entire oral cavity under anesthesia by one of our veterinarians
  • Supra and subgingival scaling
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Radiographs (X-rays)
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation
  • Fluoride application
  • Oravet application to deter new tartar accumulation
  • Tooth extraction (if indicated)
  • Appropriate pain management and antibiotics

Dental CareDigital Dental Radiology

Steele Creek Animal Hospital offers digital dental radiology, which produces high-definition images of your pet's teeth. Dental radiographs allow the veterinarian to diagnose problems below the gum line such as tooth root fractures or abscesses, cavities and tumors of facial bones. The use of digital dental radiology significantly improves the diagnostic quality of the radiographs (x-rays) and substantially lessens the patient's time required under anesthesia for evaluation.

Signs of dental disease in your pet:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Changes in eating or choice of toys