Dentistry

A word about dental care from Dr. Rice:

Dental disease is one of the most common conditions that affects our pets. Although there is concern about infection spreading to other organs, dental disease should be addressed primarily because it hurts! Addressing that pain can be one of the kindest acts you do for your pet. Unfortunately, dental disease is often hidden, so you may not realize why that “doggy” breath is there or why your cat isn’t eating as well as usual. Just as important, dental treatment is also difficult for pet moms and dads to see. That is why you need to trust the skill and thoroughness of your veterinarian. At Towne, we tailor your pets dental procedure to the degree of periodontal disease, overall health, digital x-ray results, and your ability to provide home care after the procedure.

Often clients are hesitant to have dental cleaning done because of the anesthesia involved. Although the potential risks are real, the actual complication rate with dentistry is extremely low. In fact, the patients who tend to have the most difficulty are the ones whose dental care has been put off for years, and now there is a dental emergency. It is much safer to do a brief dental prophylaxis under a light general anesthesia than to wait and have to do a longer, more intense procedure later on.

One of my early mentors in dentistry once had a client whose elderly dog had an advanced periodontal disease but who was reluctant to proceed with the dental care. He gently pointed out that if this dog had a chronically draining abscess on its back, the surgery would have been done months ago. Well, the same thing was going on in this patient’s mouth, but he was having to swallow all that discharge. Not a pleasant image but an accurate one! The client elected to have the necessary extractions done, and her companion (whom she thought was just slowing down due to age) was like a puppy again within several days. Not all results are this dramatic, but over the course of my career, this outcome has been repeated many, many times.

Our goal at Towne is for your pet to be happy and healthy. Our approach to dental care reflects that from the puppy or kitten visit all the way through the senior years.

Len Rice, DVM

Dental services include:

  • Teeth cleaning and polishing
  • Digital dental X-rays
  • Extractions
  • Periodontal disease treatment
  • Oral surgery, including removal of tumors and elongated soft palate correction.
  • Fistula Repair Retained baby tooth extractions

(In the unusual case that orthodontics, root canals or crowns are indicated then we will refer your companion to a specialist.)