Common Oral Health Problems
Unfortunately, oral health problems are prevalent in dogs and cats and often need attention to resolve. We founded VDS to ensure the best veterinary dental and oral surgery services and treatments for your pets as these issues arise. Below, you'll find many of the daily issues that your pet may be experiencing and the services we provide to help solve them.
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We will help you by diagnosing the problem, suggesting treatment options, providing you with a full range of educational support materials, and performing any required services. From consult to follow up, your pet's health and your peace of mind are our top priorities.

Common Feline and Cat Oral Health Problems

Abscessed Teeth
An abscessed tooth is an infected tooth which is most seen on the upper jaw just below the dog or cat's eye. Left untreated the bacteria can travel through the root system and affect the entire pet’s body.
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Broken or Fractured Teeth
Broken teeth are not uncommon in cats & dogs. Depending on the tooth, we recommend various options including root canal therapy, restoration, and extraction. Our goal is to minimize the pain and resolve the issue.
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Discolored, Dead or Non-Vital Teeth
Tooth discoloration is a good indicator of a dead (also known as a non-vital) tooth. n of a non-vital (dead) tooth. Dental radiographs are needed to establish a diagnosis.
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Lip Catching
Cats have tight maxillary lips which are held out by the maxillary canines. When a maxillary canine is extracted, the lip can suck in causing the lower canine to painfully bite it.
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Missing Teeth
If you notice your pet is missing a tooth, it should be investigated. In some cases, the tooth is truly missing, while in others the tooth/root is present under the gumline. We will perform dental x-rays of the area to confirm true absence of the tooth. If the tooth or roots are present, extraction is generally recommended.
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Malocclusion (Improper Jaw Alignment)
A malocclusion means that the jaws do not align properly. This problem may be purely cosmetic or can cause trauma to the lips, gums, palate, or teeth. For traumatic issues we recommend various treatment options to remedy the problem.
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Periodontal Disease
This very common disease in dogs and cats is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Left untreated it damages the gums, bones and the overall health of your pet .
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Pet Cavities
While rare in many animals, cavities do occur in dogs. If you see dark staining on your pet’s teeth, or if your veterinarian has diagnosed a “cavity”, an exam and consultation by one of our veterinarian dentists is very important. We can determine if it is truly a cavity and recommend the appropriate and best treatment for your pet.
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Retained Puppy Teeth (Persistent Deciduous Teeth)
In some dogs and cats, we see two teeth (a baby tooth and adult) trying to take up the same space, making their mouth appear crowded. To treat retained puppy teeth, also known as persistent deciduous teeth, VDS will take a radiograph and then determine if the baby tooth needs to be extracted.

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Tooth Resorption (TRs)
While hard to diagnose with the naked eye, and though the causes are not fully known, teeth resorption can cause painful legions in a pet’s mouth. X-rays are needed to determine the extent of the issue and a treatment plan (complete extractions or “crown amputations”) will be developed based on the findings.
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Worn Teeth
Excessive wear of pet teeth from common activities like chewing on a tennis ball or skin allergies can cause problems, and there are many reasons this can occur in dogs and cats. Treatment depends on if the tooth is dead. If it’s still viable then we can discuss alternative environmental and behavioral modifications or allergy treatments that may help reduce the wear on your pet’s teeth.
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