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Dentistry & Oral Surgery

Quality veterinary dental care promotes increased longevity and enhanced quality of life for our companion animals. At PET, our Veterinary Dental Specialist, Dr. Erich Rachwitz provides a wide range of advanced dental services including veterinary periodontics, endodontic, orthodontics, prosthodontics, oral cancer evaluation/treatment (including all forms of biopsy, en bloc resections and mandibulectomy/maxillectomy), surgeries of the cheeks, lips, and tongue.

Though dogs and cats do not always demonstrate obvious oral pain and discomfort, it does not mean that they are not hurting.  Frequently, when dental issues are addressed, owners are amazed at how happy and lively their pets become.  If your family veterinarian recommends a veterinary dentist, oral surgeon, and/or advanced care from a dental specialist, our medical team can work with you to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your pet.  Please call us to make an appointment for your pet’s first consultation.  

At this first visit, we will provide an oral exam on your pet to see the area in question, discuss, and schedule your pet’s procedure.  Excluding the first visit, all of our surgical procedures, dental radiographs, and more in-depth oral examinations and cleanings are done under anesthesia, with our experienced anesthesia veterinary technicians.  Our procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis, though for more complex surgery, patients may need to stay overnight for pain management and monitoring.  Overnight stays are closely monitored by our 24/7/365 Doctors and Veterinary Staff. 

If your family veterinarian recommends advanced care from a dental specialist, call us to make an appointment for your pet’s first consultation.

Our advanced diagnostic and specialty services include:

  • Surgical and non-surgical extraction of teeth

  • Restoration of teeth including caries

  • Removal of oral foreign bodies

  • Full and partial mouth extraction for feline chronic gingivostomatitis

  • Palatal defect surgery including oronasal fistula, clefts, trauma, and elongation or hypoplasia of the soft palate

  • Lymph node biopsy 

  • Salivary mucocele treatments and salivary gland removal surgeries

  • Any maxillofacial trauma surgery including dislocations and fractures of the jaw

  • Orthodontic movement of teeth and orthodontic consultation

  • Endodontics including root canal and vital pulp therapies

  • Periodontics including  closed root planning, guided tissue regeneration and repositioning flaps

  • Prosthodontics including full metal crowns

  • Oral medicine cases of difficulty or pain opening, closing or chewing

  • Oral medicine cases requiring complex medical and surgical management

  • Oral cancer cases including all forms of biopsy, en bloc resections and mandibulectomy/maxillectomy

  • Surgeries of the cheeks and lips

  • Surgeries of the tongue