Nassau Veterinary Dentistry
Accredited & Advanced Dental Care for Your Pet
Pets with periodontal disease or abscessed teeth have oral pain just as people do, although by nature they may not show pain as people do. What’s more, current research shows that pets with a dental infection have higher rates of kidney, liver, heart, and lung disease. This statistic is extremely important to the well-being of your pet. Why? Because bacteria from your pet’s mouth can travel throughout the body, lodging in these organs causing serious symptoms and diseases.
Nassau Veterinary Clinic’s approach to dental care in pets is directed at preventing infection and pain. Dental exams and recommendations are routinely done with your pet’s annual physical exam. If you suspect your pet is having trouble eating, has pain in the mouth or face, drools, or has bad breath, be sure to call it to the attention of your veterinarian.
Call (518) 245-3223 to schedule a cleaning or consultation with our Nassau veterinary dentist today!
A Leader in the Field of Veterinary Dentistry
Nassau Veterinary Clinic is a leader in the field of veterinary dentistry. Our veterinary dental team consists of Dr. Tom Phillips and licensed veterinary technician, Tina Patton. Dr. Phillips became a fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in March 2007. He completed a 2-year program of advanced training in dentistry, and at that time, was 1 of only approximately 75 veterinarians in the United States to complete this program. Tina Patton is an accredited Veterinary Technician Specialist. At the time she completed this 2-year program, she was one of only 28 technicians in the U.S. who had completed that special training.
We offer many dental services for pets in the Nassau area, including:
- Routine professional dental cleanings
We are an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited dental referral hospital. We received this accreditation in 2010.
Veterinary Dental Cleaning
Does your best friend’s bad breath have you limiting the number of kisses you get each day? We can help! Nassau Veterinary Clinic offers dental cleaning services for your pet – not just to improve bad breath but to improve their overall dental health.
A complete veterinary dental cleaning consists of 5 steps, similar to what people have done at their own dentist office:
- Dental tartar is removed from the surface of the teeth using ultrasonic scaling instruments.
- The areas under the gum line are cleaned with dental curettes to prevent pocket formation.
- The teeth are polished to remove microscopic tartar residue and to smooth the enamel to slow future tartar formation.
- The area under the gumline is flushed of all debris.
- A sealant is applied to the teeth to further prevent future tartar buildup.
Diagnosing & Treating Dental Disease
If a serious disease is found, dental x-rays are taken to determine the extent of dental disease. Nassau Veterinary Clinic uses the same dental x-rays that your dentist would use. We now have a digital x-ray system that makes taking x-rays easier and faster – which means less time your pet is under anesthesia.
If the teeth can be saved with periodontal surgery, your veterinarian will discuss those options with you. Unfortunately, teeth that have lost their bony attachments may need to be extracted. Dog and cat teeth are multi-rooted, which means they must be sectioned with a high-speed drill before extraction in order to remove each tooth separately. The gum tissue is sutured over the extraction site to assist in healing.
We Use General Anesthesia for Veterinary Dental Procedures
Of course, your pet won’t sit still in a dentist’s chair with an open mouth, so general anesthesia is required for dental procedures. Your veterinarian will recommend following an anesthetic protocol which involves pre-anesthetic blood work, IV catheters, etc. to ensure your pet’s safety while under general anesthesia.
Before anesthesia, your pet will be examined by a veterinarian to assess their health and possible risks. Also, as part of this assessment, pre-anesthetic blood work would be performed to gauge how the body organs are functioning, and their ability to process anesthesia. Once the patient has been approved for anesthesia, they are admitted for surgery.
Schedule Your Pet’s Dentist Appointment at Nassau Veterinary Clinic
Nassau Veterinary Clinic offers a wide range of dental care for dogs and cats. Owners are encouraged to discuss any concerns you may have about your pet’s dental health with your veterinarian. As one of the oldest animal hospitals in the state, we are known for our compassionate, quality care in all of our medical and non-medical services.
“I brought my dog to them & they took their time going over everything & treated her with such care & love.”- Stacey T
“Everyone is always helpful and kind every time we are there.”- Jackie B
“I have been going to Nassau Vet for decades. They are compassionate, knowledgable, thorough and professional.”- Cindy C