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1801 Cedar Street

Helena,  MT  59601

Call:  406-449-7155

1801 Cedar Street

Helena,  MT  59601

Call:  406-449-7155

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Dental problems can cause bad breath in pets and make chewing painful. This can lead to weight loss, bone infection, tooth loss, and nutritional imbalances. Dental pain can also cause behavioral problems including aversion to being touched on the face or head, growling, hissing, hiding, grouchiness, or sometimes just loss of energy.

Most often the underlying bone and tooth roots are healthy, requiring only removal of tartar and bacteria from teeth and below the gum line.  Most tartar buildup occurs where you can't see it: next to the tongue and at the far back margins of the mouth.  At Alpine, we utilize only gentle modern ultrasounic cleaning techniques to thoroughly clean all the way around each and every tooth, before polishing the enamel to minimize further tartar buildup and applying protective tooth spray.  

There are times though, when the external appearance of the tooth is healthy, but digital dental x-ray exposes hidden tooth root infection and abscessation.  This loss of integrity and infection causes pain, bone loss, and foul odor.  In those cases of infection or loss of integrity, we carefully remove the diseased tooth, flush away the pocket of infection, then suture the site closed.  Taking the additional step of suturing the site closed reduces post-op pain and facilitates rapid healing and recovery.  Your Alpine veterinarian will also prescribe pain control and antibiotics, giving your loved one the best recovery possible.