Dog or Cat Oral Surgery serving Ames and Gilbert, IA
There are quite a few reasons a pet may need oral surgery: to remove growths, repair fractures, or tend to dental defects. When oral surgery is required, we understand you want the most gentle and experienced professionals. Our team at Companion Animal Clinic is here for you and your beloved pet. We will make sure that you understand everything about the procedure, and we will treat your pet like family.
To learn more or schedule a consultation, call us today at (515) 233-6689.
What Is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedure performed inside your pet’s mouth and jaw, usually by a trained veterinary dentist. Our team will inspect your pet's teeth, gums, and jaw and thoroughly explain our findings so we can come up with the best possible treatment plan together.
What We Treat:
- Broken Teeth
- Fractured Jaw
- Gum Disease
- Orthodontics and Bite Alignment
- Mouth Tumors
- Mouth Pain
- Inflammation in Mouth
- Tooth Resorption (Loss of Tooth Structure From Within)
Why Does My Pet Need Oral Surgery?
There are many potential reasons why your pet might need oral surgery. They may require growth removal, reparation of oral or dental defects, or reparation of a jaw fracture.
Some oral tumors have no known cause. If oral tumors are detected early, surgical removal may be an option and result in a cure. Jaw fractures from trauma or disease also often require oral surgery to return the dog to a pain-free, happy life.
Is Oral Surgery Safe for My Dog?
Anesthesia is necessary for oral surgery. This allows us to treat your pet while they are immobilized and out of pain. Before anesthesia is delivered, laboratory tests are performed to determine the safest anesthetic protocol for your pet and the specific procedure. Your pet will be closely monitored during and after the procedure.
Schedule an Appointment Today at Companion Animal Clinic serving Ames and Gilbert, IA
We understand that the idea of surgery for your pet can be overwhelming. Call us today at (515) 233-6689 to schedule an appointment. We will provide all of the information necessary to help you make the best decision for your furry family member.
How Often Should a Patient be Treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once ever week or two as improvement is seen.
How Many Treatments Does it Take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How Long Before the Results are Felt?
Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening! Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can it be Used in Conjunction with Other Forms of Treatment?
Yes! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
Does it Hurt? What Does a Treatment Feel Like?
There is little to no sensation during treatment. Occasionally, the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are There Any Side Effects or Associated Risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally, some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How Long Does Each Treatment Take?
The typical treatment is 3 to 8 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.