Dental problems can cause bad breath in pets and make chewing painful. This can lead to weight loss, bone infection, tooth loss, and nutritional imbalances. Dental pain can also cause behavioral problems including aversion to being touched on the face or head, growling, hissing, hiding, and grouchiness. In addition to examining your pet's teeth, we use digital dental X-rays to help us diagnose problems and treat dental disease and infection, making your pet more comfortable and healthy.The above photo shows a dog prior to a dental service at Alpine. Pets can't tell us when their teeth hurt, so as pet owners we don't often have a reason to closely inspect their teeth. The owners of this dog had no idea his teeth were so painful until the veterinarian saw them during a routine physical exam.
At Alpine Animal Clinic, we use the most modern ultrasonic technology to gently restore your pet's teeth. Other older, commonly-used grinding methods can cause the enamel to be ground off, leading to tooth loss, bone loss, continued pain, and the need for additional vet dental treatments in the future.The above photo shows the same dog after a complete dental cleaning. This dog is now much happier, can eat without pain, and his owners were pleasantly surprised to find his breath is fresh!
This cat had stopped eating and was losing a lot of weight. Her owner was very concerned she had internal organ problems, but a quick exam revealed severe face pain with gentle pressure to the side of her lower jaw. This reminded the owner the cat had not wanted to have her usual ear scratching for the last several months, but didn't realize her face (and tooth) were hurting her. As you can see in the photo, during her dental cleaning under anesthesia, the right lower molar tooth has a hole all the way through the bottom of the tooth, and the dental probe can go from the cheek side all the way through to the tongue side of the tooth. You can also see the tooth is discolored, indicating loss of living tissues from inside the tooth. This tooth was extracted, and healed in the next few days. Her owner reported she returned to her normal self, seeking her daily ear scratches and went back to eating her meals happily again.
In the photo to the right, this young Chihuahua has an infected upper canine tooth that is rotting the bone underneath. The owner was unaware of the tooth infection and just thought she had bad breath, but had noticed lately she also seemed to not like drinking water as she would shy away once the water hit her mouth. This tooth was extracted and the underlying infection was drained. With antibiotics and pain control, she healed quickly and her owner delightedly reported she went back to her normal drinking habits and healthy-smelling breath.