Root Canal Therapy
The veterinary dental specialists here at Veterinary Dental Services can perform endodontic (root canal) procedures, in addition to many other dental services. Just like a human root canal, a pet root canal is a form of surgery that involves the following steps:
- The infected pulp (nerves and vessels) of the tooth is removed.
- The space is cleaned and disinfected.
- The space is filled with a special bacteria-resistant material to prevent infection and pain.
- The final step involves placing a restoration to prevent bacteria from reentering into the tooth.
Ultimately, the goal of root canal therapy is to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is intended to alleviate pain; it doesn’t cause it. This pain is the result of the pulp (the sensitive part of the tooth) being inflamed. A tooth may require a root canal if it’s been fractured/broken, if it appears discolored, which is a typical sign of a dead tooth, or if dental radiographs reveal signs of pulpitis.
Emphasis on Safety
As an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital, we follow the strictest guidelines when it comes to veterinary endodontic care, including our anesthesia protocols. This means that we go above and beyond to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort. We also take time to speak with each pet owner about the planned endodontic treatment during the initial consultation. Please feel free to ask us any questions you have about your pet’s procedure at this consultation.