Cavities in Dogs

As described in a recent post, dental conditions are often hidden and painful. The following posts are going to help describe conditions that pets can get as well as treatment. Many people I talk with are surprised how we can help pets with dental conditions and save teeth whenever possible.

A soft indentation or ‘pit’ is the most likely finding. One of the first steps in the restoration process is to remove the diseased tooth material (dentin). Some dark soft spots are not these ‘cavity’ type lesions, but instead visual diseased pulp. Restorations alone are not appropriate therapy for endodontic (inside of tooth) disease. Should the disease or cleaning process progress to the pulp (inner most layer of the tooth), the tooth would require root canal therapy or extraction.

Check for soft spots:

Special techniques are used to clean the defect. Certain materials are suited for the pressures of chewing, while others are not. Restorations require a curing light and smoothing instruments for each layer.

Contact us to learn more about restorations for your pet.