These services are provided by Dr Rob Davis BA VetMB, MANZCVS, MRCVS. Dr Rob was in general practice in East Anglia for 25 years. Over the last decade he has developed a particular interest in dentistry and oral surgery, passing the membership exams for the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in 2021. In 2023 he left general practice to focus on dentistry and currently splits his time between Davies Veterinary Specialists and our clinic. He is currently President Elect of the British Veterinary Dental Association.
Dental radiography: x-rays are essential for evaluating the roots of the teeth which are not visible by other means. Without x-rays many problems will be missed and it can be impossible to determine the best treatment option. They are also important for ensuring that teeth have been fully extracted and that no root remnants are unintentionally left behind.
Dental x-rays require specific equipment which not all veterinary practices will have.
Root canal treatment: Root canal treatment can be used to save broken teeth which would otherwise require extraction. In cats it is only possible to do root canal treatment on the canine teeth. The process involves removing all the remaining infected/dead pulp and disinfecting and shaping the root canal before filling it with a type of rubber material which seals the root and prevents bacteria from the mouth causing further infection.
Feline chronic gingivostomatitis: FCGS is a very painful condition which is thought to be associated with an inappropriate response by the cat’s own immune system to plaque forming on the teeth. This horrible condition can be very challenging to treat, with many cats struggling to eat and groom themselves properly.
Juvenile gingivitis/periodontitis: usually this first presents at around the time that the adult teeth are erupting. There is often marked enlargement of the gingiva and usually requires early diagnosis and treatment to avoid progression and loss of teeth.
Malocclusions: malocclusions can cause significant pain and damage if left untreated.
Oral masses: a wide variety of different lumps can be found in the oral cavity. Accurate and early diagnosis gives the best chance of planning the most effective treatment
If you would like to know more or would like to be referred by your veterinarian for assessment please contact the clinic or ask your vet to complete the referral submission form here