Animals suffer from tooth decay

Dentistry

More than 50 percent of all dogs, cats and small pets suffer from tooth or gum disease.

Dental diseases lead to permanent organ damage in animals. The heart in particular, but also the kidneys and joints, are affected by persistent and untreated diseases of the teeth.

Usually it is tartar and gingivitis that can later lead to serious illnesses, but tooth fractures, misaligned teeth and oral tumors are also not uncommon.

The problem when a toothache occurs, that animals usually do not communicate with us and not be noticeable if it hurts in the mouth ...
Dogs, cats or other small animals do not necessarily refuse to feed if they suffer from gum disease, a tooth has broken or the tooth nerves are irritated. As the owner, you usually only notice this when your animal no longer feels so fit, is somehow listless and exhausted or maybe even irritated or even aggressive.

At every vaccination appointment and every examination, the teeth and the oral mucosa are carefully examined in order to prevent months or years of suffering from painful teeth.

In order to be able to examine the oral cavity thoroughly, animals do not initially need anesthesia.

If there is a suspicion of serious dental diseases, X-rays must be made at a separate appointment under anesthesia in order to be able to assess the condition of the tooth roots and the jawbones precisely.

A digital dental x-ray is available for this, as you know it from human medicine.

Subsequent dental treatment for dogs, cats and small pets can usually only be carried out under anesthesia.

Many dental patients are at risk of anesthesia due to old age or previous illnesses, which is why this is always individually coordinated in our practice and carried out as gently as possible. Usually a tranquilizer is given after a sedative injectionInhalation anesthesia with simultaneous I.infusion therapy andHeat supply through heat pads.

In addition, alocal conduction anesthesia administered in the mouth.

The patient is constantly monitored by anesthesia monitors.

For painful interventions, aanalgesic syringegiven and given painkillers for the following days.

After the treatment or surgery, each patient is placed in a preheated recovery cage. This not only makes you feel good when you wake up, we also ensure that the body temperature does not drop after the anesthesia.

As a rule, my animal patients can go home with their owners on the same day.

With professional dental treatment, we maintain the health of our patients, prevent pain and thus improve the quality of life of your darlings over the long term.

Dental disease in the cat

Every second cat has painful defects in its teeth from the age of five. The tooth substance is gradually destroyed here. Holes are created that move closer and closer to the nerve of the tooth. These defects will Feline Osteoclastic Resorptive Lesions (FORL) called.

The painfulness of this disease increases slowly until there is permanent pain.

Resorptive lesions can often only be found in theDental x-ray be recognized. The disease begins inRoot area and spreads over the entire tooth crown. Damaged teeth are removed to prevent the disease from progressing and to take away the pain.
Your cat's increased quality of life is evident immediately after the treatment. The animals are more alive again and are playing.

Another very serious dental disease in cats is thatchronic gingivostomatitis.
These patients have massive inflammation of the gums and throat at a young age. These cats have fiery red mucous membranes all over their mouth and throat. Antibiotics, cortisones, painkillers and other treatment methods of all kinds only help to a limited extent and do not eliminate the cause. The pain is extremely strong. Many cats can hardly eat anymore.
A gentle removal of all teeth leads to the healing of the oral cavity and puts the patient in a pain-free state. These animals live and eat unimpaired again.

Dental disease in dogs

ThePeriodontal disease is the most common disease of the dog at all. It often begins at two to three years of age.

The cause of the changes in the tooth holding apparatus are plaque such as plaque and tartar. The bacterial plaque penetrates into deeper tissue layers and destroys the teeth holding apparatus and the jawbone. The consequences are toothache, tooth loosening and tooth loss.

The strong bad breath is noticeable to the pet owner.

Specific treatment methods, such as tartar removal with ultrasound, tooth polishing and curettage with special instruments, are carried out in order to clean the teeth and achieve a permanent improvement in the health of the animal.

Operations on gum ulcers and the treatment of dental fistulas are further areas of activity in veterinary dental surgery.

All wounds are sutured with a specially prepared mucosal flap.
This means that they heal quickly and are protected from contamination with food residues.

Tooth decay is a putrefactive process triggered by bacteria and their metabolic products.
Initially the enamel is affected, later the dentine as well.
Toothache is caused by the approach of caries to the tooth pulp.
The tooth pulp lies in the center of the tooth and is enriched with nerves and blood vessels.
The putrefactive bacteria then penetrate further into the bloodstream and damage the organs.
The veterinary dentist removes the caries and first supplies the tooth with a filling.

Badly affected teeth are examined in a dental X-ray and may need to be extracted.

Dental disease in pets

Animals with continuously growing teeth, such as guinea pigs, chinchillas, degus and rabbits, often have problems with over-long incisors and molars.
Natural wear and tear of the teeth results in a constant tooth length.
But this only works as long as the teeth are exposed to sufficient chewing activity. The intensive chewing of fiber-rich hay and grass leads to the necessary and sufficient wear and tear on the teeth.

If this is not the case, a dangerous misalignment of the teeth occurs.

They then have to be anesthetized on a regular basisspecial drills be carefully shortened.

At theSnap it offof teeth with pliers there is always the risk that the length of the tooth will split and the tooth nerve will be exposed.This is extremely painful and can lead to suppuration of the tooth and abscess formation.

Rodent teeth should therefore never be clipped off with pliers, but should be shortened by the veterinary dentist with a drill and rotating diamond grinders.