Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Four out of five pets are diagnosed with dental disease. If untreated, it can lead to serious and uncomfortable issues that can concern more than just your cat’s mouth. At our clinic, we provide a full range of dental services.
A dental cleaning procedure involves several steps. We begin by removing any tartar from the teeth with calculus-removing forceps and then use an ultrasonic scaler to remove the finer pieces. The ultrasonic scaler can create small grooves in the teeth, so we must polish the teeth to smooth the surface. Any rough surfaces will create an environment for plaque to attach to, and plaque hardens into tartar. We end by applying fluoride to create a protective barrier on the teeth. When they are in for a dental procedure, we chart all of the teeth and note any abnormalities.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Some signs of dental problems would be an unwillingness to eat, pawing at their face, chattering teeth.
Are some breeds more susceptible than others?
Persians and Himalayans are prone to dental issues due to the conformation of their faces and shape of their mouths.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption is when the dentin of tooth erodes. This can happen to the crown of the tooth, the root, or both. The damage is irreversible. Treatment involves extracting the tooth, and if the roots are so damaged that they cannot be extracted, we must amputate the crown.
I recently had my check-up with Dr. B, and he mentioned that I have a lot of tartar on my teeth and something called a resorptive lesion. I had been noticing that my mouth wasn’t feeling so clean, and it did hurt when I ate my kibble.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Mill Creek Animal Hospital