Treating Periodontal Disease in Dogs

Periodontal surgery is a type of dental procedure that is performed to treat periodontal disease in dogs. Periodontal disease is a serious dental condition that occurs when bacteria infect the tissues and structures around the teeth, including the gums, ligaments, and bones. If left untreated, periodontal disease will result in gingival loss, bone loss, and ultimately tooth loss. 

How To Treat Periodontal Disease in Dogs

Periodontal surgery is typically performed when non-surgical treatment methods, such as scaling and root planing, have been unsuccessful in treating the disease. The specific type of periodontal surgery will depend on the severity of the disease and may include procedures such as gingival flap surgery, bone grafting, root planing, or tooth extraction.

During periodontal surgery, with the patient anesthetized, the veterinarian will numb the area around the affected teeth to minimize any discomfort. They will then make an incision in the gum tissue to access the infected or damaged tissue. The veterinarian will remove the infected or damaged tissue and clean the area to remove any bacteria. Once the area has been thoroughly cleaned, the veterinarian will close the incision with sutures.

Schedule an Appointment with a Board-Certified Vet Dentist

Periodontal surgery can be an effective way to treat periodontal disease and help improve your dog’s overall dental health. It is always best to discuss the best treatment options with a veterinary dentist to determine what is best for your dog’s specific needs.

If you believe your dog needs dental care, give us a call to schedule a visit to Montana Pet Dentistry and Oral Surgery with Dr. Tony Woodward, the only board-certified veterinary dentist in all of Montana—located in Bozeman and Missoula. We are available Monday through Thursday from 7:30AM to 5:30PM. 


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