Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
As we discussed in last weeks blog, Dr. Cathy Buller and technician Becky Findley travelled to San Diego in June to learn techniques direct from veterinary board certified dental specialist Dr. Brooke Niemic. It was worth it! We now have the equipment and techniques to save your pet’s chipped and fractured teeth. Did you know that once the enamel is fractured or chipped off a tooth, it exposes literally millions of nerve endings per square millimeter? The image at the top left of this blog shows a highly magnified view of a tooth surface with enamel broken off, showing these tiny tubules. That means that every time your pet pants, drinks or eats these nerve endings say OUCH.
Pictured to the right is a similar microscopic image depicting the second problem associated with chipped enamel. Those little tubules make perfect little canals for bacteria to enter the important inner tooth structures that would otherwise be shielded from bacteria. Over time, this allows bacteria to enter the root canal and cause serious periodontal disease that can require extraction. Dental radiographs help determine if this is a concern prior to a bonded sealant treatment.
Previously, many of these teeth required removal to stop the source of pain. Now, teeth that are normal on radiographs can be sealed. Dental sealants close the sensitive nerve endings from the environment and smooth the surface of the tooth so that tartar is less likely to accumulate. When bonded sealants are determined to be an appropriat treatment for a particular tooth, perhaps the best part is that when done during the course of a routine dental procedure, it is actually more economical than other than other treatments! It can also be much faster and less invasive with quick return to regular use of the tooth.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit and debit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
Your dedicated team at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital