Dental Surgery

Pet Dental Surgery At Your Veterinarian in Casper

Your pet's oral hygiene is intricately tied to its overall good health in a number of ways. Bacteria growing between teeth and under the gums can spread throughout the body, causing damage to internal organs. Tooth infections can also cause tooth loss, loss of appetite, and the inability to eat a normal diet. At Westside Animal Hospital we make a thorough dental exam part of your pet's annual wellness checkup. If we find that your dog or cat has dental issues, we will schedule a more thorough dental appointment to care for any growing problems.

Dental Problems Requiring Surgery

Veterinary dental surgery is much more common than you might expect. In order to safely care for your pet's teeth, especially under the gum line where bacteria tends to grow, we often use anesthesia to make your pet feel more comfortable during the procedure. Some common problems that may require dental surgery include:

  • Periodontal Disease - When plaque builds up on teeth, it can harden into yellow tartar. This tartar is the perfect home for bacteria, especially under the gums. Our veterinarian will scale your pet's teeth to remove all the tartar, including under the gum line.
  • Tooth Extractions - Whether a tooth is rotted or broken, there are times when we need to extract it from your pet's mouth to reduce pain and prevent infection. 
  • Infected Teeth Or Abscesses - Infection can be a serious problem in your pet's mouth, because the bacteria can travel through the bloodstream, affecting organs such as the heart and kidneys.

Why Is Anesthesia Necessary During Oral Surgery?

It can be frightening to think of your pet under anesthesia because of oral surgery, but it is actually much safer to do veterinary dental procedures with it than without. With the anesthesia, there is less pain and stress for your cat or dog. There is also a reduced risk of injury during the procedure because your pet will not be moving around. It is also possible to provide clearer x-rays during the procedure while your pet is absolutely still.

Today's anesthesia is safer than ever before and, while your pet may be a bit groggy, it is likely you will be able to take them home at the end of the day. Make sure to keep your pet quiet and calm for the first 24 hours after you get home, keep it warm and cozy, give food and water according to our vet's instructions, and call us if anything unusual happens to occur.

Looking for a Veterinarian in Casper?

Whether your pet is in need of dental surgery, routine teeth cleaning, or an annual wellness examination, it is important to find a veterinary team that is experienced and caring. Give us a call at 307-472-5600 to schedule an appointment today.


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  • "The entire team at Westside Animal Hospital is fantastic!! They take such great care of both of our dogs - young & old - routine care and/or emergencies!! Thank you to the Drs. Johannessen for all you do for our family:) Our community is truly so fortunate to have you here!"
    -Melissa Y
  • "Very good facility. Both doc's are good about giving quality time and their assistant Ashley is wonderful."
    -Victor J