When it comes to our beloved four-legged companions, oral health plays a pivotal role in their overall well-being. While regular dental care can prevent many issues, certain pathologies may require a more advanced approach. Veterinary oral surgery, a specialized field, offers a range of interventions that can address common dental and oral conditions in dogs and cats. A board certified veterinary dentist™ has completed rigorous training in periodontal surgery, operative dentistry, endodontic surgery, fracture repair and oncologic surgery and is best suited to treat a wide variety of oral and maxillofacial conditions in dogs and cats.
Dental extractions are a common oral surgery procedure for dogs and cats. In cases where a tooth is severely damaged, infected, or causing significant pain, extraction becomes necessary. Oral surgery allows veterinary dentists to expertly remove the affected tooth while ensuring minimal discomfort for the pet. Beyond relieving pain, dental extractions prevent the spread of infection, halt the progression of dental disease, and restore oral health. By removing compromised teeth from the health equation, oral surgery helps pets enjoy enhanced health and comfort.
Accidents and trauma can result in jaw fractures, causing pain, difficulty eating, and compromised oral function for our pets. Oral surgery with cone-beam CT planning provides a comprehensive solution for treating jaw fractures in canines and felines. Through careful assessment and diagnostic imaging, board certified veterinary dentists™ can precisely realign the fractured bones and secure them with surgical techniques such as wiring or plating. By stabilizing the fracture, oral surgery facilitates proper healing, restores jaw function, and alleviates discomfort, enabling our pets to get back to their playful selves.
Oral tumors in dogs and cats can be a cause for concern, and surgical intervention often plays a vital role in their management. Oral surgery with a dental specialist allows for the precise removal of tumors, whether they are benign or malignant. The benefits of surgical tumor removal extend beyond the eradication of the mass itself. By excising the tumor, oral surgery helps prevent further growth, reduces the risk of metastasis, and improves the prognosis for your pet. With timely surgical intervention, our team at Missoula Veterinary Dentistry can promote a better quality of life and ensure a healthier future for pets affected by oral tumors.
Breathing Easier: Certain congenital conditions or injuries may lead to a cleft palate in canines and felines, causing difficulties in breathing, eating, and overall oral function. Oral surgery offers a transformative solution through palate repair procedures. Board certified veterinary dentists™ can surgically close the cleft, allowing for proper separation between the oral and nasal cavities. Palate repair improves swallowing, reduces the risk of aspiration pneumonia, and enhances the pet’s ability to lead a normal, healthy life.
Oral surgery holds remarkable benefits for pets, offering solutions for common pathologies that require advanced intervention. From dental extractions and jaw fracture repairs to the removal of oral tumors and palate repairs, oral surgery plays a vital role in restoring oral health, alleviating pain, and enhancing the overall well-being of our family pets.