April 25, 2019
In the not-too-distant past, root canal therapy was unheard of in veterinary medicine. When pets had diseased teeth, those teeth would be extracted. Fortunately, Virginia Veterinary Centers has the expertise of Dr. Babbitt, one of the only board-certified veterinary dentists in the area, who is skilled in performing root canal therapy to save your pet’s injured teeth.
Pets suffering from fractured, discolored, dead, or infected teeth are living in constant pain. While extracting the diseased teeth will remove the source of pain, a root canal will also address the pain and can provide significant benefits to your pet, including:
Root canal therapy is a popular option for teeth that are difficult to surgically extract. Because of their size and the length of their roots, the canine teeth and the large chewing teeth can be a challenge to extract—especially in cats and small dogs—sometimes resulting in jaw fracture.
Inside each tooth lies a hollow cavity containing a root canal system. This system is composed of the nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues that support the tooth. When a tooth is damaged or decayed, this tissue, or pulp, is exposed, creating a source of pain for your pet. Exposed pulp also attracts bacteria, leading to difficult-to-treat infections. To remove this source of pain and infection, pet owners are usually faced with two options: extraction or root canal therapy. Root canals in pets are similar to those performed in people:
Dr. Babbitt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to VVC Richmond as one of the only board-certified veterinary dentists and oral surgeons in the region. Although he typically receives referred cases for geriatric pets and those at higher anesthetic risks, he is also skilled in a number of veterinary dentistry procedures most general practice veterinary clinics do not offer. In addition to root canal therapy, Dr. Babbitt routinely handles:
Is your pet suffering from tooth troubles? Give our Richmond location a call to set up an appointment with Dr. Babbitt.