"Compassionate Care for Quality of Life"

More Information:

All Pets Dental:  Lots of detail, with pictures. 

"What to look for when examining your cat's teeth"

Dental Care for Pets - articles for pet owners from a veterinary dentist

Dental Home Care from Veterinary Partner

Veterinary Oral Health Council

Veterinary Dentistry

Our high speed dental unit uses compressed air to drive all of the instruments

This retained baby tooth must be removed to make way for adult teeth

Severe periodontal disease. The teeth are infected, the mouth smells bad, and it hurts!

This dental x-ray unit allows us to take radiographs inside the patient's mouth

Dental radiograph of a tooth root abscess

The practice of veterinary dentistry has become more sophisticated as our understanding of the importance of oral health has improved.

Dental disease is very common in pets and if left untreated is frequently a cause of pain and infection.

Nakusp Veterinary Clinic has invested heavily in equipment and training which allows us to provide safe high quality care to your pet’s mouth.  We also routinely consult electronically with veterinary dental specialists about cases and can refer your pet to a specialist for treatment as well.  

Some of the dental services we offer are:

Pediatric care, which includes dealing with malocclusions,  extracting retained baby teeth, and selective extractions of permanent teeth when there is no room for them.

Preventive dental care: This usually includes a full dental exam including probing and x-rays under anesthesia followed by cleaning and polishing. We also provide advice on home topics such as tooth brushing and dental diets.

This dog has "base narrow" lower canine teeth - They are growing in the wrong place, causing trauma to the palate.

Tooth resorption in a cat causes gum inflammation (red and painful)

radiograph of a resorptive lesion in a cat

Extractions:  Although we prefer to preserve teeth, once they reach an irreversible stage of disease, they need to be extracted. Reasons for extraction include periodontal disease (the tissues supporting the tooth are damaged by infection), tooth fractures, tooth abscesses  and resorptive lesions (especially common in cats).  Our philosophy is that your pet deserves a mouth free of pain and infection.  Extracting teeth is a complex operation involving freezing with local anesthesia, creating a gingival flap, using our high speed drill to remove bone and section the tooth (if multi-rooted) and finally suturing the flap closed.  

We enjoy the challenge of veterinary dentistry. It is especially rewarding to prevent or treat painful conditions.

See the sidebar for some informative links on veterinary dentistry, and below for a picture of normal dog tooth anatomy.