Virginia Veterinary Centers is proud to offer Dentistry and Oral Surgery amongst our family of practitioners. Veterinary dentistry requires specialized diagnostics and additional training beyond the veterinary medicine degree. The American Veterinary Dental college (AVDC) is the clinical specialist organization for veterinary dentists, recognized by the American board of Veterinary Specialties of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Conditions requiring advanced dentistry and oral surgery services include:
- Oral Malodor or Inflammation: Severe gingivitis or inflamed oral tissue can indicate serious systemic disease and should never be dismissed simply as bad breath.
- Neoplasia: Surgical treatment of oral tumors.
- Fractured Teeth: Teeth with exposed pulp must be treated or they may become infected and result in an abscess. Vital pulp capping or root canal therapy can often salvage fractured teeth.
- Orthodontics: Evaluation and correction of common malocclusions (misaligned bites).
- Jaw Fracture Repairs: As with orthodontic conditions, jaw fracture repairs require proper teeth alignment to maintain functionality. Additionally, most jaw fractures are associated with significant dental disease or tooth trauma.
- Oral Defects: Congenital or traumatic defects requiring specialized oral surgery training, including cleft palate repair and closure of oronasal fistulas.
- TMJ Abnormalities: Evaluation and treatment of congenital or acquired conditions that affect the function of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint).
- Periodontics: Treatment of periodontal tissue, which supports the teeth. Procedures include tooth scaling (cleaning) and polishing, root planing, mucogingival surgery and guided tissue and bone regeneration.
- Restorations: Caries treatment, metal crowns, bonding and bridges.