August 2020

Our August Pet of The Month, Poppy!

2020-08-01T16:48:41+00:00 August 1st, 2020|

Poppy is a sweet heart girl that presented to Dentistry For Animals because of an overgrowth of her gingiva. Gingival hyperplasia is a common occurrence in boxers. This can be severe causing entrapment of food and hair debris in the mouth. This leads to chronic gingivitis and periodontal disease. Occasionally these can turn into cancerous lesions, so it is important to monitor these growths carefully. We performed a full mouth gingivectomy and gingivoplasty for Poppy. [...]

July 2020

July pet of the month!

2020-07-11T01:05:30+00:00 July 11th, 2020|

Reika has been coming to Dentistry For Animals for several years after she broke a canine tooth in 2018. Root canals provide a good alternative to extraction on strategically important teeth. They are less painful, and result in less bone loss in the area of the affected tooth. She eats her lean treats with ease and all of her teeth!

May 2020

Erri, Our May Pet of the Month!

2020-06-12T17:42:10+00:00 May 12th, 2020|

Erri is a K9 Unit Officer with the Salinas Police Department. Having functional teeth is very important for him to continue doing his job. Unfortunately he likes to chew on his kennel in the police cruiser and damaged his teeth. We placed crowns on three of his canine teeth, allowing him to get back out there and help his officers fight crime. Thank you Erri and the Salinas Police Department for all you do! 

April 2020

November 2018

Penny – Our Pet of the Month

2020-06-12T17:43:34+00:00 November 29th, 2018|

Penny, an 8 year old Papillion, came to the clinic with stage 2, 3 and 4 periodontal disease. All the teeth with stage 4 periodontal disease were extracted, but the teeth with stage 2-3 periodontal disease were able to be saved so long as Penny’s mom felt comfortable brushing Penny’s teeth daily and returning for more dental rechecks and procedures. After Penny’s mom agreed to brush, we performed closed root planning beneath the gum line [...]

August 2018

Leo – Our Pet of the Month!

2018-11-13T18:37:08+00:00 August 21st, 2018|

Leo came to Dentistry for Animals because of a large mass. The Biopsy was performed at Leo’s family veterinarian and he was then referred to us for the surgical removal of the mass. The mass was a  peripheral odontogenic fibroma which is a benign tumor but can be aggressive locally. Although it was not cancerous, the mass was re-growing rapidly. Dr. Force performed a marginal mandibulectomy. A mandibulectomy is a resection of part of the [...]

June 2018

Patient of the month-Bean

2018-06-25T19:36:37+00:00 June 25th, 2018|

Our pet of the month is Bean! Bean is a 12 week old dachshund puppy with an overbite. The deciduous mandibular canine teeth were causing palatal trauma just inside the upper canine teeth. When the deciduous canines are retained they can cause periodontal disease which will damage the adult canines. To prevent the trauma to the palate, Dr. Force extracted the deciduous mandibular canine teeth, before any periodontal disease formed and saved the adult canines. [...]

March 2018

Patient of the Month – Belinda

2018-06-25T19:03:18+00:00 March 29th, 2018|

Our pet of the month is Belinda! Belinda has been selected as our pet of the month! Belinda came to us with a bilateral mandibular fractures. It was easy to see she was very malnourished and her jaw had been fractured for a few days. We repaired her jaw with a figure eight wire and a splint. One side of Belinda’s splint broke and her jaw had a small piece of dead bone and a [...]

Patient of the Month – Zoey

2018-03-29T05:51:18+00:00 March 29th, 2018|

This month our special pet is Zoey. Zoey is a 8 month old Shih Tzu who came to Dentistry for Animals with a jaw fracture (held in place with a muzzle), retained deciduous teeth and a couple unerupted teeth. Dr. Force did a difficult repair on the fracture with figure 8 wire, around a partial erupted tooth, and composite splint. Even though Zoey went through a long recovery, with a muzzle on her nose the [...]

January 2018

Patient of the Month – Charlie

2018-03-29T05:53:34+00:00 January 30th, 2018|

This cutie pie, Charlie, came to us for repair of multiples fractures to her jaw that happened while she was playing with the family dog. Her lower jaw was fractured in 3 different places and her upper jaw also sustained a fracture.  Often these types of fractures are repaired with wiring and/or some type of bonding.  Typically, we reduce the fracture by re-aligning the jaw in its normal position and stabilize it with wire and/or [...]