Dentistry and Oral Surgery
Imagine not being able to chew on your favorite snack without suffering terrible tooth pain! What if your loved ones kept you at arms length because your breath smelled so bad they couldn’t stand to be around you? What if you broke a tooth and couldn’t tell anyone how much pain you were in, so you suffered in silence? These scenarios are commonplace in the lives of our beloved companion animals. More than half of all cats over the age of five, and eighty-five percent of all dogs over the age of three have dental problems that require professional dental treatment. Periodontal disease is the most frequently identified condition found in the mouths of our furry friends. The consequences to our pets of leaving dental disease untreated can include oral pain, infection, loss of teeth, potential infection to major body organs, and of course a markedly diminished quality of life.
Veterinary dentistry and oral surgery is very similar to human dentistry and oral surgery. Veterinary dentists use the same instruments and equipment and perform the same types of clinical services as your dentist does, such as-root canals, orthodontics, oral surgeries, restorations, digital radiography, etc. Recognition of common and uncommon facial and dental diseases and injuries to the teeth require specialized knowledge of oral and dental anatomy.
In our continued commitment of providing your pet the highest level of care and expertise, the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson has Dr. MacLellan to provide full time dental services to Tucson’s companion animals. Dr. MacLellan aims at providing your pet long term comfort with a return to normal function so your pet can enjoy life to the fullest! Dr. MacLellan believes strongly in client communication and client education; because she knows pets that receive proper dental care can live happier, healthier, and longer lives.
- Dental Digital Intraoral Radiography
- Root Canal
- Vital Pulpotomy
- Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions
- Jaw Fractures
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Cleft Palate Repair
- Orthodontics/Bite Abnormalities
- Periodontal Disease
- Tooth Fracture and Luxation/Avulsion
- Tooth Restorations
- TMJ pain and instability/luxation
- Oral Neoplasia/Cancer
- Oronasal Fistula repair
To learn more about the specialized field of veterinary dentistry, please visit the American Veterinary Dental College.