At Animal Hospital of North Asheville, our veterinarians offer high quality dental care for your cats and dogs, including teeth cleaning, dental check-ups and dental surgery in Asheville.
Veterinary & Pet Dental Care
You may be surprised to learn that periodontal disease is the most common disease for pets. Just like humans, they can also suffer from cavities, orthodontic problems and broken teeth.
Our veterinary team offers complete veterinary pet dental care, including dental surgeries, dental x-rays, cleaning and polishing your pet's teeth, and educating you on home dental care options.
Cat & Dog Dental Checkups and Cleanings
It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years.
Pets should have a dental examination on an annual basis, but some cats and dogs are more prone to dental issues and may require more frequent visits.
At Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we assess, treat, and help prevent your pet's potential dental problems.
Should your dog or cat experience any of the symptoms below, you will need to schedule a dental checkup.
- Bleeding or pain in the mouth
- Swelling in or around the mouth
- Broken or loose teeth
- Dropping food from the mouth, or abnormal chewing or drooling
- Refusing to eat or a reduced appetite
- Bad breath
- Retained baby teeth or extra teeth
- Discoloration of the teeth
- Buildup of tartar
Our team will perform a thorough pre-anesthetic physical exam on your cat or dog.
To make sure it's safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia, there will be a blood and urine analyses. If needed, we'll also perform additional diagnostics such as chest radiographs or an ECG.
After your cat or dog is safely under anesthesia, the veterinarian will perform full oral examination, tooth by tooth.
We'll clean and polish your pet's crowns and under the gum line while he or she is safely under anesthesia.
Every tooth is individually probed and radiographed, and receives a fluoride treatment.
Dr. Sim, our dental veterinarian will call you during the procedure when there are additional dental concerns. She will discuss the concerns, offer treatment options and discuss any additional cost for your approval.
Lastly, our dental team will apply a dental sealant to slow plaque attachment. Should evidence of advanced periodontal disease be found, we'll develop a treatment plan and discuss it with you.
We will provide a courtsey follow up call to check in on the pet in the days following their dental. If There are concerns, a recheck visit may we needed.
Our staff will go over recommendations and preventative care that families do at home to help keep their pet's mouth happy and health.
We are always happy to teach families steps to teach their pets to enjoy teeth brushing and oral care in a positive and fun way.
Veterinary Dentistry Anesthesia
During your dentist visit, you know you are undergoing dental procedures to help keep your mouth healthy. Your pet, however, does not understand this. To reduce stress and pain for your pet while still performing required dental procedures effectively, we use anesthesia.
Anesthesia is individualized for each pet based on the type of procedure, pre-existing conditions, blood test values, age, breed and prior anesthetic experience.
We limit the amount of anesthesia (without sacrificing pain control) by employing pre-medications, local anesthetics, epidurals and by using continuous rate infusions of pain medications. Your pet's anesthesia time is also reduced by having a highly trained and organized surgery team, utilizing the most up-to-date instruments that shorten surgery procedure time.
By using these instruments, we can cut your pet's anesthesia and surgery time by up to 50 percent. In order to provide the safest anesthesia experience possible, we test our anesthesia machines prior to each use and have them tested and certified yearly by an independent professional company.
Advanced Asheville Pet Dental Care & Oral Surgery
Skilled and experienced in oral surgery, Dr. Jennifer Sim is able to perform advanced procedures such as root canal therapy, placement of crowns, correction of painful bite abnormalities due to misalignment, cleft palate repair, large oronasal fistula repair, advanced repair of jaw fractures and advanced treatment of salivary gland diseases.