Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart

Veterinary Dentistry

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Pets

Dental health is one of the most important gifts you can give your pet. Dental problems such as gum disease or broken teeth cause a host of problems for your dog or cat, including:

  • Mouth pain
  • Bad breath
  • Heart disease
  • Bacterial infections

At Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart, we are happy to thoroughly examine and treat your pet’s dental needs by offering the following services:

  • Dental cleanings
  • Extractions
  • Treatment for periodontitis

When was your pet’s last teeth cleaning? The AAHA recommends a complete dental exam under anesthesia and teeth cleaning every year. Schedule your pet’s next dental exam today by calling 512-620-0111.

What to Expect

When your pet has a dental cleaning at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart, he or she receives the best in veterinary care. To keep your pet comfortable and make deep cleaning possible, your pet’s cleaning and dental exams are performed under anesthesia.

IV Medications

Your pet is administered fluids and medicine during the dental procedure via an IV. This keeps your pet hydrated and medicated throughout the dental exam and cleaning.

Anesthesia

IV and inhaled anesthesia allow your pet to painlessly sleep right though the dental procedure. Anesthesia safety protocols are always in place at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinics.

Dental Examination

Your pet’s veterinarian carefully evaluates each tooth, the gingiva (gums) and the full oral cavity looking for signs of damaged, broken, or infected teeth as well as gingivitis, periodontitis, and oral tumors. If any disease or abnormalities are detected, the veterinarian recommends the best course of treatment.

Ultrasonic Scaling

Stubborn plaque is removed from your pet’s teeth using safe ultrasonic instruments.

Low-Speed Polishing

Low-speed polishing evens out imperfections in your pet’s teeth to prevent bacterial adhesion on your pet’s teeth.

Antibiotics

Should there be evidence of an infection, your pet is treated with antibiotics.

Tooth Treatments

Sometimes your pet’s teeth need special treatments to seal the teeth. Sealants help protect pet’s teeth from decay and bacterial.

Pain medication

If we suspect your pet may be sore following dental work, we administer pain medication to ease your pet’s discomfort.

Do you have questions about your pet’s dental procedure? Give us a call at 512-620-0111.

What should I know about gum disease in pets?

Dental cleanings are particularly important for pets as they have a higher incidence of dental disease than humans. In fact, 85% of all pets over the age of two have some form of dental disease.

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a serious gum disease. It begins with redness in the gums and leads to painful teeth and bone loss. There are four stages to periodontitis. At a certain point periodontitis becomes irreversible.

Periodontal disease is a progressive, gradual destruction of your dog’s or cat’s gums and jaw bones caused by bacterial infection. This dental disease can be life-threatening because dangerous bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause problems in your pet’s internal organs, especially the liver, kidneys, and heart. Dental disease causes pain, discomfort, foul odors, and shortens the lifespan of your pet.

If your pet has bad breath, periodontal disease may be the cause. Any buildup of yellowish or brownish material on your dog’s or cat’s teeth is calculus, tartar, or plaque—all signs of periodontal disease that should be checked by our veterinarians. We recommend routine dental scaling and polishing to prevent such diseases as gingivitis, tooth root decay, cardiac endocarditis, and liver and kidney infections. For most pets, we examine the teeth at their annual wellness visit to assess the stage of tartar accumulation. It is from this assessment that the initial dental plan is made.

Let’s make sure your pet’s teeth are healthy and clean. Call 512-620-0111 to schedule your pet’s dental exam today!

If periodontal disease is detected, we schedule a dental exam under general anesthesia followed by dental cleaning and polishing. Our procedure for dental cleaning is safe and simple. We perform pre-anesthetic blood testing, anesthetize your pet, keep your pet sedated using gas anesthesia, perform the dental cleaning, polish the teeth, and finish with a fluoride treatment. Sometimes loose teeth are detected and need to be extracted. If necessary, we take X-rays of the mouth to assess disease of tooth roots or bone involvement.

How can I prevent periodontal disease in my pet?

Periodontitis is completely preventable. Regular home brushing with routine exams and cleanings help prevent periodontitis and even reverse the early-stages of periodontitis! Advanced periodontitis isn’t just about stopping bad breath and unsightly teeth and gums, the bacterial infection caused by periodontitis can enter your pet’s bloodstream and cause organ damage.

Your pet may require fewer cleanings and enjoy good breath with daily brushing using toothpaste and a toothbrush specifically designed for animals. The staff at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic offers specific dental nutrition, water additives, and chews that help control the buildup of tartar on your dog or cat’s teeth.

The veterinarians at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic are wonderful resources for animal dental health. Call us at 512-620-0111 for an appointment today.