Good dental care plays a crucial role in the quality of your pet's life.
See below to learn about the specialized dental services we offer at Animal Care Center of Castle Pines.
Keeping your pet healthy has never been easier.
Dental Cleaning (COHAT)
Our pets need their teeth cleaned, just like us! We provide Complete Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) services. This involves taking full dental radiographs followed by the cleaning and charting of each tooth in the mouth.
Dental radiographs are required for the vast majority of our procedures and are always obtained to evaluate the extent of disease and possible treatment options. We utilize the latest technology to assure we have immediate access to images and can make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Cone Beam CT
We are the only dental specialty practice in Northeast Texas to offer Cone Beam CT - a cutting-edge, advanced imaging.
The XoranTMVetCat rotates around the patient, capturing data using a cone-shaped X-ray beam. The data is used to reconstruct a three-dimensional (3D) image of the teeth and the entire maxillofacial region. This modality is able to detect lesions associated with the teeth earlier, and guides surgical planning for complicated oral procedures.
There are several reasons that veterinary patients may benefit from tooth restorations. Fractured teeth, congenital problems with enamel and occasionally cavities all may require careful restoration of the damage. This is not simply a cosmetic issue—the weakened dental structures will wear or fracture more easily, causing discomfort and putting the tooth at risk of infection and death.
Jaw Fracture Repair
A fractured jaw is a serious problem and needs to be treated with skill and expertise. Some of the challenges with repairing a fractured jaw include avoiding damage to the remaining teeth, preserving the function and comfort of the occlusion (the bite), and managing polytrauma associated with the injury. Our veterinarians have specialized equipment and extensive experience with both maxillary and mandibular fracture repair.
Periodontal Therapy and Surgery
Periodontal disease is nearly universal in dogs and cats, with 80% of dogs and cats being affected by the age of 3 years old. We offer advanced treatment options for your pet's strategic teeth and comprehensive dental care including full mouth extractions if needed.
Our pets do not need a perfect occlusion, but they do deserve one that is healthy and comfortable. Malocclusions can cause both soft tissue trauma as well as significant damage to teeth. Our veterinarians will consult on any occlusion problems your pet may be experiencing and can help guide you in the most appropriate treatment for their condition. We offer several options for the treatment of malocclusion, including interceptive orthodontics (selective extraction of teeth that may be causing problems), crown reduction with vital pulp therapy, and orthodontic movement of teeth.
When the pulp (blood supply and nerve) of a tooth is exposed by a fracture, the tooth will become infected and die. Or, a concussive force to a tooth can sever the blood supply of the tooth resulting in a dead tooth; a dead (or non-vital tooth) is at high risk for infection or cyst formation. To prevent potential discomfort and inflammation, these teeth need to be either extracted or treated with root canal therapy. Root canal therapy involves cleaning, shaping, disinfecting, and filling the inside of a dead or fractured tooth, then restoring the fracture site with a tooth-colored composite. Our Doctors have the extensive training and specialized equipment to properly perform endodontic therapy, including both standard and surgical root canal therapy as well as vital pulp therapy.
Advanced Dental Extractions
Many dental extractions are performed routinely by veterinarians but can be complicated by advanced disease, variations in anatomy, and pre-existing conditions that weaken the jaw. Our team specializes in difficult dental extractions in high-risk patients, such as those with fragile jaws, teeth with abnormal roots, and patients who have had previous complications with dental extractions such as a tooth root accidentally being pushed into the nose or the mandibular canal.
A variety of non-surgical diseases can affect the mouth, such as infections, immune-mediated problems, chronic pain of unknown origin, and oral signs of broader systemic disease. The first step to providing relief is obtaining an accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause using the wide variety of diagnostic techniques available through our team. From here, we can discuss the most up-to-date and reliable treatment recommendations to preserve lifelong oral comfort and function.
Oral neoplasia has been reported to account for 6% to 7% of all canine cancers and 3% of all feline cancers. We perform incisional and excisional biopsies and work closely with a world-renowned veterinary oral pathologist to help diagnose and treat your pet's oral cancer. We also have extensive experience in other advanced surgery of the face including cleft palate surgery, salivary gland surgery, lymph node surgery, soft tissue defect repair, and surgery of the TMJ.
Puppies and kittens erupt their deciduous (baby) teeth during their first few weeks of life. One of the best things you can do to keep your pet's mouth healthy is to train your pet to accept tooth brushing from an early age. Occasionally, puppies and kittens will develop dental problems like a malocclusion or persistent deciduous teeth (baby teeth that do not fall out when they should). This can be delicate work in a small, rapidly developing mouth, and our doctors have the experience and training to give your pet's teeth the best start possible.