Dentistry 2018-01-28T20:18:08+00:00

Dentistry

Part of the reptile and amphibian exam, involves assessment of their oral cavity. Dental and oral diseases are found in many of our captive raised herps (especially species with acrodont teeth such as Bearded and Forest Dragons). The most common cause for oral diseases are diet and husbandry related but viral infections, cancers and trauma also contribute. Clinical signs range from simple gingivitis to more serious conditions such as abscesses, bone infections (osteomyelitis) or stomatitis (inflammation/swelling of the oral tissues). In the earlier stages, the teeth can be cleaned relatively simply with specialised dental instrumentation and an ultrasonic scaler, to clean the cement like tartar (calculus) from the teeth and below the gum line. Reptiles will often require heavy sedation or a general anaesthetic to properly assess these condition and comfortably clean their mouths.  If required, high definition, dental radiographs can be taken to assess the teeth and jaw bones.  Once everything is all cleaned up, focus is placed on how to maintain the teeth at home and prevent reoccurrence.

Have a look at some of the incredible, before and after images.

  • Dietary Advice

  • Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment

  • Dental radiography

  • Ultrasonic dental scaling

  • Oral surgery

Dentistry

Part of the reptile and amphibian exam, involves assessment of their oral cavity. Dental and oral diseases are found in many of our captive raised herps (especially species with acrodont teeth such as Bearded and Forest Dragons). The most common cause for oral diseases are diet and husbandry related but viral infections, cancers and trauma also contribute. Clinical signs range from simple gingivitis to more serious conditions such as abscesses, bone infections (osteomyelitis) or stomatitis (inflammation/swelling of the oral tissues). In the earlier stages, the teeth can be cleaned relatively simply with specialised dental instrumentation and an ultrasonic scaler, to clean the cement like tartar (calculus) from the teeth and below the gum line. Reptiles will often require heavy sedation or a general anaesthetic to properly assess these condition and comfortably clean their mouths.  If required, high definition, dental radiographs can be taken to assess the teeth and jaw bones.  Once everything is all cleaned up, focus is placed on how to maintain the teeth at home and prevent reoccurrence.

Have a look at some of the incredible, before and after images.

  • Dietary Advice

  • Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment

  • Dental radiography

  • Ultrasonic dental scaling

  • Oral surgery