Recently Gilbert, a 5 year old Devon Rex, came in for a dental check as his owner had noticed he had red gums and smelly breath. He was booked in for a dental assessment and full mouth x-rays as he did not have any tartar but had lots of gingivitis. Gilbert had deep pocketing around his gums but the spectacular finding was he had a broken root on one of his lower teeth. The root had been weakened by periodontal disease but we think the tooth broke when he jumped off a second story balcony. Gilbert's veterinarian, Dr Sue Lapham, carefully extracted the tooth and sutured the socket closed. He is a much happier boy now that his sore tooth has been removed.
Without taking dental xrays we would not have discovered the broken root and Gilbert's painful tooth would have continued to be painful , possibly undetected until more obvious clinical signs.
At Indooroopilly Veterinary Clinic we have the latest technology in veterinary digital xrays. Which helps us offer gold standard dental care for our patients. Because let's face it, no one likes tooth ache and your pets can't tell you they have a sore mouth.
Periodontal disease is a progressive destruction of the supporting tissues surrounding teeth, and the main cause of early tooth loss. It presents as bad breath, gingivitis (red, bleeding gums), build up of tartar, and oral pain. Once gingivitis has developed, there is disease occurring under the gum-line. A dental assessment and clean is the only way to address this disease. If left to continue, the bacteria associated with periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream and cause problems in your pet's liver and kidneys. General anaesthesia is an essential part of the dental assessment as it allows your veterinarian to probe the tooth sockets to check for exposed tooth roots, clean under the gum-line, as well as to take dental x-rays. In 23% of all dogs, and 40% of all cats, x-rays can detect periodontal disease which cannot be identified on physical examination. With a professional dental cleaning and follow-up care, gingivitis is reversible. Periodontal disease is not reversible, but diligent at-home dental care and regular veterinary cleanings can slow down the progression of the condition.