Clinical Services

Christine Hawke dentalSydney Pet Dentistry is excited to offer a wide range of clinical dental services. From professional periodontal therapy and difficult extractions through to root canal treatment and treatment of malocclusions, clients appreciate being offered the best treatment options for their pets’ dental problems.

Our services are described below. Price lists can be provided upon request or accessed from the Members section. Our referral sheet or the Animal Referral Hospital referral sheet can be downloaded without registering. For more information on what options are available for specific dental problems (eg fractured teeth) , check under our veterinary FAQ link.

Periodontics

It’s not just about scaling and polishing – periodontal treatment options now go far beyond this! We can provide detailed assessment and management plans, and offer alternatives to extraction, including closed and open root planing, subgingival curettage and gingival flap surgery. We also offer advice on home care options for caring for teeth and gums in between professional treatments.

Extractions

Difficult extractions such as canines and premolar or molar teeth can be performed in a timely and efficient manner. This is especially important in compromised patients where duration of anaesthesia is a key consideration. We perform surgical extractions and use local analgesia techniques to minimise pain and general anaesthesic dose requirements. Dental radiography helps us to plan the safest approach to minimise complications.

Radiography

Our state of the art digital x-ray system is used in most of our procedures and is a crucial tool in the diagnosis of, and treatment planning for ,many problems such as periodontal disease, feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions, fractured or abscessed teeth and much more. Digital xrays require less radiation than conventional film, and remove the waiting time associated with processing films as the image appears on the computer screen within seconds.

Endodontics

As in humans, broken, damaged and infected teeth are a source of chronic pain for animals. Endodontic therapy is an alternative to difficult or traumatic extraction of important teeth such as the canines and carnassials, allowing function to be preserved. Root canal therapy is generally the preferred option, however in some cases (especially in young animals) vital pulpotomy and direct root capping procedures may even save the tooth’s life.

Orthodontics

Due to genetics, trauma, disease or sheer bad luck, some pets have malocclusions, where the normal alignmnent of the jaws and teeth is disrupted. In some cases this is only a cosmetic issue, and treatment is not generally recommended for these pets. However, these problems can cause life-long pain if teeth are traumatising the oral tissues or other teeth. We can offer several solutions, from extraction or crown reduction (tooth shortening) through to use of orthodontic appliances.

Restorations

Although dental caries are rare in pets, some traumatic or developmental problems may benefit from sealing or bonding exposed dentine, or placement of fillings. Fillings are also placed during endodontic procedures such as root canal therapy and vital pulpotomy. We generally use ‘white fillings’, just like those used in humans!