Oxford Veterinary Hospital - Oxford, PA - Modern Dental Services
THE OXFORD VETERINARY HOSPITAL DENTAL DIFFERENCE
All dental procedures are completed by a team of A VETERINARIAN AND A TECHNICIAN, both who have received required additional training at the Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore, MD. While the veterinarian assesses your pets dental condition, cleans and polishes the teeth, and treats the dental/oral disease , your pet will be constantly monitored by a trained technician using advanced monitoring equipment. Unlike human "dental cleanings" where a dental hygienist works alone with the dentist quickly reviewing and examining the patients mouth only at the end of the procedure, veterinary dentistry at the Oxford Veterinary Hospital requires the immediate presence and constant attention of both doctor and technician to safely administer anesthesia and provide thorough veterinary administered superior dental care. A true team effort from induction of anesthesia to the anesthetic recovery.
Our Dental Suite
Modern Dental Services
Dentistry has often been overlooked as the very important element of proper veterinary care that it is. Animals do now live longer due to many advances in preventative care, treatment of disease, as well as improved nutrition. They deserve the good oral health through out their lives.
Dental care is an essential element of health care and often a source of unrecognized pain. Approximately 85% of dogs and 75% of cats over the age of 3 years old have some form of periodontal disease.
The presence of dental disease and its severity varies with each individual animal and starts with the accumulation of plaque (the soft malodorous coating in teeth consisting of food and bacteria) and tartar/calculus (harden plaque).
As tartar and plaque accumulate the gingival (edge of gums bordering the teeth) becomes inflamed, infected, and recedes with loosening of the connective tissue attaching the gums to the teeth (periodontal pocketing).
These pockets trap more food and bacteria with the infection steadily moving up the tooth roots with the eventual loss of teeth.
Dental infection further harms the animal by being a source of bacteria moving through the blood and can lead to intermittent fevers, kidney disease, and valvular disease of the heart and general debilitation.
We take pride in our dental services. We strive to provide the most up to date information and techniques.
Our dental services include complete oral assessment, professional ultrasonic cleaning and polishing, treatment of periodontal disease and feline resorptive disease which often require surgical extractions, oral surgery, and home dental care instruction.
Oral Examinations are included in all Health Maintenance Visits at Oxford Veterinary Hospital. This can identify plague, tartar, and gingivitis indicating the need for Ultrasonic Cleaning and Polishing, as well some obvious disease in need of further assessment such as
Periodontal disease, Feline Osteoclastic Resorptive Lesions, Oral tumor and Fractured Teeth.
Proper Dental Ultrasonic Cleaning and Polishing to remove plaque and tartar always requires anesthesia in animals.
Anesthesia is accomplished with modern techniques of induction, maintenance, and monitoring by a trained technician under the direct supervision of a veterinarian.
While under anesthesia, complete Dental Charting and Assessment, identifies the extent of disease from which proper treatment can be planned.
We are equipped with digital dental radiology to properly identify the nature and extent of oral disease and properly plan treatment.
Our dental equipment includes up to date high speed drill and piezo ultrasonic scaler which allows us to do precision oral treatments.
Ultrasonic cleaning and polishing is performed only by veterinarians and technicians who have been trained by the Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore, Md.
Proper pain control is used with all Oral Surgery and Extractions and includes pre-operative pain medication, intraoperative local anesthesia, and the dispensing of effective pain medication for use during the home recovery and healing.