Pet Dentistry in Jacksonville, NC
Offering Dependable Dental Services to Cats & Dogs
Did you know periodontal disease is the number one health problem in cats and dogs over four years of age? The dental health of our pets is hugely important, as it affects many aspects of their health, just as our dental health affects our overall health. In fact, poor dental health in pets can lead to severe liver, kidney, and heart disease.
We understand the importance of pet dental health at Carolina Forest Animal Clinic and are proud to offer a wide range of pet dental care services in Jacksonville, NC. Whether your pet requires routine cleaning or more complex procedures, such as extractions, root canals, or crowns, our experienced team will provide expert advice and quality care. We use only the latest technology available for pet dentistry to ensure that your pet receives top-notch treatment. Our goal is always to provide the best possible outcome for your beloved pet's oral health. Contact us today if you have any questions about our pet dental services!
Need to make a dental appointment for your pet? Give us a call at (910) 601-1939 to make an appointment today.
Common Pet Dentistry Procedures
Pets face many challenges when it comes to dental health. After all, they can't brush their teeth as humans do. Without taking proper steps to maintain your pet's dental health, they could need a procedure to clean things up.
Some of the more common dental health procedures for pets include:
- Teeth Cleaning and Scaling: Teeth cleaning and scaling for pets, also known as professional dental cleaning, is a procedure performed by a veterinarian to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your pet's teeth. The process involves using special instruments to clean above and below the gum line and the tooth surface. Teeth cleaning and scaling are essential for your pet's overall health, as plaque and tartar buildup can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems. Regular dental cleanings can help prevent these problems and keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy.
- Gum Disease Treatment: The treatment of gum disease in pets typically involves a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums, along with the removal of any infected tissue. In severe cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to help clear the infection. In some cases, extractions of badly damaged teeth may also be necessary. Gum disease treatment is vital for your pet's overall health, as untreated gum disease can lead to serious oral health problems and potentially affect other systems in the body. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can help prevent gum disease and keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy.
- Tooth Extraction: Pet tooth extraction is a procedure performed by a veterinarian to remove a damaged, diseased, or decayed tooth. This procedure is usually done when other treatments, such as a root canal or a filling, are not possible or ineffective in saving the tooth. Pet tooth extraction is essential for your pet's overall health, as damaged or infected teeth can cause pain, infection, and other oral health problems. Extracting a damaged or infected tooth can also help prevent the spread of infection to other parts of the body. It's important to note that after extraction, it's normal for the gum to be sore for a few days and for the pet to experience discomfort. Your veterinarian will prescribe pain medication to help manage discomfort and provide instructions on caring for the site after the extraction.
- Root Canals: A root canal is a procedure performed by a veterinarian to save a damaged tooth. It's a relatively complex procedure that involves removing the infected or damaged tissues inside the tooth, then filling the cavity with a material to protect the remaining healthy tissues. Pet root canals are essential for your pet's overall health, as damaged or infected teeth can cause pain, infection, and other oral health problems. By performing a root canal, the vet can save the damaged tooth, reducing the need for extraction and preserving your pet's natural dentition.
- Dental X-Rays: Dental x-rays, also known as veterinary dental radiographs, are a diagnostic tool used by veterinarians to visualize the internal structure of a pet's teeth and jaws. They are a crucial part of comprehensive dental exams and can help diagnose oral health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses, and jaw fractures. Dental x-rays are essential to your pet's overall health, as they can help diagnose and treat oral health problems early before they become more severe and potentially affect other systems in the body. Regular dental exams and x-rays can help maintain your pet's oral health and prevent the need for more complex procedures.
- Cavity Filling: A cavity filling fills in holes in pet teeth that bacteria or germs have caused. This helps keep their teeth healthy and strong. Pet cavity fillings are essential for your pet's overall health. They can help repair damaged or decayed teeth, reduce the need for more complex procedures, such as extractions, and preserve your pet's natural dentition. Regular dental exams and cleanings can help prevent the need for cavity fillings and maintain your pet's oral health.
- Fluoride Treatment: Fluoride treatment is a preventive procedure to help strengthen and protect the pet's teeth from decay. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can help strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to corrosion and damage. Fluoride treatments for pets typically involve the application of a concentrated fluoride gel to the pet's teeth, which is absorbed into the enamel and helps to strengthen it. The treatment is usually performed as part of a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning and may be recommended by the vet if your pet is at increased risk for tooth decay.
Regular dental checkups and cleanings can prevent the need for more complex procedures. There are also many products on the market designed to keep your pet's dental health clean; however, we suggest you check with us before introducing one of these products to your pet. We can explain whether or not the product would be beneficial and why. If you have any questions about these products, feel free to give us a call any time.
How We Can Help
Our state-of-the-art facility allows us to perform various pet dentistry services in Jacksonville, NC. While we are equipped to handle a wide range of pet dental health procedures, if your pet requires treatment beyond our facility's scope, we will connect you with a qualified specialist who can help.
Your veterinarian will also be happy to give you any advice about your pet's dental health and maintaining it at home.
Contact Our Team Today
Carolina Forest Animal Clinic offers excellent pet dental health in Jacksonville, NC. Our clinic has been open since 2011. Since then, we have performed innumerable procedures on pets and have strived to maintain their dental health and overall well-being. Bring your pet into our facility to see why we were awarded Best Veterinarian in 2022.
In-house laboratory, radiology department, surgery suite and pharmacy
Relaxed, quiet atmosphere with a loving and caring staff
Highly experienced, professional and personalized care
“My fur babies feel like family anytime they visit. The staff knows them, the doctor knows them and that makes them feel so comfortable.”- Amber J.
“They were wonderful. All of them. We were in and out inside 30 minutes and I couldn't have asked for better people to take care of my girl. I now have a new vet.”- Dee C.
“Both of our dogs absolutely love their visits with Dr. Howard. He is SO attentive and sweet to them, and they absolutely love being around him, it’s so cute.”- Nadine H.