Dog Dentistry

If you are concerned about problem with your dog’s dental health or your dog has an oral injury or condition like a broken tooth, jaw trauma, severe bad breath or an unusual growth, you can choose to take your dog to a veterinary dentist. A veterinary dentist specializes in advanced veterinary dental and oral surgical treatments for dogs including the following: canine endodontics, canine periodontics, canine orthodontics, canine tooth restorations, veterinary dental radiology, and canine oral surgery. Pet Dentists are dedicated to providing optimal health care for pets and offer the best options for treating your dog’s dental problems.


Free Online Veterinary Dentistry CE

Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral surgery and San Diego Vet Dental Training Center are hosting FREE online CE

April 16, Dr. Brook Niemiec presented the first of a series of live webinars for the veterinary profession, Emergency Veterinary Dentistry. This endeavor is designed to fill the gap of critical CE in the time of COVID when all in person meetings are cancelled.

This lecture was chosen because of the fact that due to COVID-19, more clients are delaying therapy and many clinics are limited/closed. This means that more dental therapy will be focused on true “dental emergencies”.  In addition, ER vets may need to manage cases they normally don’t.

He discussed how to manage emergency situations such as jaw fractures, tooth luxations, stomatitis, caustic burns (more common now cleaning supplies being used more often or inappropriately), and other urgent oral and dental issues.

We had more than 350 attendees worldwide for the first meeting, and we are hoping to build for the future.  These lectures are also being archived for those who could not join the live meeting.  RACE approved CE credit is still available, all you need to do is answer some questions from the lecture.

What is a Canine Malocclusion?

Malocclusions (bite alignment problems) are quite common in veterinary patients. They can be purely cosmetic, or can cause issues. Bubbas is a young dog who was referred to Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery by a family veterinarian who identified a a significant issue with his lower left canine. The canine had erupted into the middle of his mouth, because of the incorrect eruption path, it was infraerupted and the deciduous (puppy) canine was retained. Continue reading “What is a Canine Malocclusion?” »

Palatal Ulceration

Meet Finn, a 7 year old Rat Terrier. He presented to our hospital for evaluation of an oral malignant tumor, suspected to be a carcinoma. The swelling had been present for 3-4 weeks, developed relatively quickly, was ulcerated across the palate, and had not responded much to two different types of antibiotics. Finn had a great deal of pain around his mouth and was not eating well. His family veterinarian had biopsied several areas within the lesion which were read as chronic inflammation with suggestions of a malignancy, possible carcinoma. He also had swelling adjacent to the right mandibular 1st molar tooth. Continue reading “Palatal Ulceration” »

Facial Reconstruction after Fence Fight

Santi is feisty eight-year-old Jack Russel Terrier that bit off more than he can chew after he challenged a much bigger dog to a fight through a wooden fence that separated them.  On presentation to the emergency service Santi was very weak and painful. Due to the extent of his injuries Santi’s owners were seriously considering euthanasia.  Continue reading “Facial Reconstruction after Fence Fight” »

Patients with Heart Disease CAN Have Anesthesia

Meet Bambi, a beautiful little terrier cross with severe periodontal disease. However, she also has significant heart problems, so her family veterinarian and owners did not want to put her under anesthesia.  Sadly, this allowed her teeth to get more and more infected.  Finally, she developed a nasal infection secondary to her severe periodontal disease, and the cardiologist referred her to Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery. Continue reading “Patients with Heart Disease CAN Have Anesthesia” »

Apollo’s Root Canal

Apollo is a 6 year old, male German Shepherd who loves to play frisbee with his owner, who recently noticed his left upper canine tooth was discolored purple. Apollo came for an evaluation by Dr. Michael Peak at The Pet Dentist at Tampa Bay. In our pre-operative photo, the purple discoloration is subtle, but there is discoloration in the middle of the visible crown indicating the tooth has pulpitis. Continue reading “Apollo’s Root Canal” »

Senior Dog Undergoes Successful Oral Surgery & is Now Pain Free

Allie is an 18 year old Labrador Cross from Las Vegas pictured here with Dr. Niemiec’s Danish Resident Camilla.  She had two major surgeries on her right mandible (lower jaw) for a malignant cancer several years ago.  These were successful in curing the cancer; however the treatment changed the way her jaw functioned on that side leading to an increase in periodontal disease.  Continue reading “Senior Dog Undergoes Successful Oral Surgery & is Now Pain Free” »

Annual Veterinary Pet Dental Care

What to do about dog bad breath

To effectively get rid of or reduce dog bad breath be sure your dog had regular veterinary dental care.

Dogs with bad breath can keep you from being close to the dogs you love. Halitosis, or bad breath, is an unpleasant odor coming from your dog’s mouth. But bad dog breath can also be a symptom of a more serious problem.  It is estimated that 80 percent of dogs the age of three suffer from periodontal disease — a serious deterioration of the gums  and supporting bones of the teeth.

Left unchecked, the resulting bacteria can enter the dog’s  bloodstream, causing infection or damage to vital organs such as  the kidneys, lungs, heart or liver. That’s why dog bad breath has been the called the “Silent Killer of Pets.”  Proper pet oral health and veterinary dental care from your veterinarian or a vet dentist a may extend the life of your dog by two to five years.

Usually Bad Breath or Halitosis in dogs as well as cats has oral causes, although sometimes it can be caused by other disease processes. These include:

  • Periodontitis (inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the tooth)
  • Periodontal or gum disease caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar
  • Abscessed tooth or teeth
  • Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
  • Bone, skin or hair stuck in mouth
  • Oral ulceration
  • Foreign items in the mouth (such as plant material or grass awns)
  • Oral neoplasia (tumors of the mouth)
  • Lung diseases,i.e. lung cancer
  • Severe kidney or liver disease

Untreated Malocclusions Create Painful Damage for 9 Year Old Bassett Hound

Dopey, a 9 year old male Bassett Hound had undergone regular dental cleanings but his owner was told there were not any significant concerns, despite the fact that he had a class II (Overshot) bite.  One of his veterinarians early in his life noted the malocclusions and lesions on the palate but said it “probably wouldn’t cause any future issues”.  After a cleaning and assessment at the start of last month, it was suggested he might have an oral nasal fistula and he was referred to Veterinary Dental Specialties and Oral Surgery.

Continue reading “Untreated Malocclusions Create Painful Damage for 9 Year Old Bassett Hound” »