High tech doggy dentistry now available in East Devon

PUBLISHED: 11:21 04 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:24 04 January 2019

Raddenstiles' new dental theatre. Picture: Raddenstiles

Raddenstiles' new dental theatre. Picture: Raddenstiles

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Does your pet need a trip to the dentist?

An Exmouth vet has commissioned a new dedicated dental theatre, bringing the latest dental treatments to animals across East Devon.

The new theatre, costing £20,000, will provide Raddenstiles Veterinary Surgery with new digital dental x-ray equipment which will allow surgeons to assess the whole mouth in just the same way as a person visiting the dentist.

Clinical director Chris Ridge told the Journal: “Until now, we have relied on visual assessment and probing to determining the health of an individual tooth. Dental x-rays show us in detail the bone, roots and other hidden tissues around the tooth.

“It is a fantastic step forward that we can now establish the degree of dental disease in more detail as we begin treatment and use post operative X-rays to ensure that treatments have been successful.

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“Cats and dogs can be amazingly stoical and severe dental disease may only become apparent when an abscess bursts leaving the patient in terrible pain. We are now in a position to provide the sort of dental evaluation and care that owners would expect for themselves.”

He added: “Where a visual check gives cause for concern, we can take X-ray images to establish if there is a need for tooth removal or if a scale polish and periodontal treatment will suffice.”

It is highly recommended that cats and dogs have regular checks for signs of dental disease.

Brushing at home will go a long way towards protecting teeth and reduce the need for dental treatment and the associated costs.

This treatment is available to non-Raddenstiles customers without the need to change veterinary practice.

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