Veterinary Dentistry in Ellisville, MO

At Tri-City Animal & Bird Clinic, our dental services include routine teeth cleaning and polishing, extractions, and minor oral surgery.

Dental Disease Prevention for Dogs & Cats

Why is dental disease such a big concern?  Pets develop dental tartar and periodontal disease just like people do, but pets cannot brush their teeth and rarely show symptoms other than bad breath.  This means that dental disease in pets often becomes a serious health issue before the owner even knows the problem.

Dental tartar is composed of food particles, minerals, and bacteria.  In the early stages of accumulation, the material is soft (plaque) but gradually hardens and adheres to the teeth to form yellowish-black tartar.  Continued accumulation causes gingivitis (infection and reddening of the gums) and periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the structures that cradle the teeth in their normal position.  This infection causes teeth to loosen and eventually fall out.  Additionally, the mouth becomes a dangerous source of infection as the bacteria gain access to the blood circulation and cause serious infection of the internal organs.  The heart, kidneys, and liver are especially susceptible to infection from infected teeth and gums.

Schedule your pet’s dental service through our online form or by calling us at (636) 355-8565 today.

We Clean Teeth While Pets Are Under Anesthesia

Proper evaluation and treatment of dental disease in dogs and cats requires that the pet receive anesthesia.  The anesthesia will prevent your pet from experiencing any anxiety or pain from instruments probing the teeth and removing the tartar. 

The risk of anesthesia is negligible compared to the significant risk of infection and internal organ damage that occurs with untreated dental disease.  At Tri-City Animal & Bird Clinic, we have extensive anesthesia experience and use the best drugs and equipment to administer and monitor anesthesia.  To decrease the anesthetic risk even further, we also highly recommend (but do not require in certain cases) pre-anesthetic blood work and IV fluids during the procedure.  

Care That Stands Out

Read More Reviews
  • Tri-city has a great team of doctors and technicians that truly care about the health of your animals and understand that a pet is part of the family. We appreciate their expertise, professionalism, and that they go the extra mile to connect with our pets.
  • I've been visiting Tri-City since 2019 for my small animals - namely domestic rats - and have nothing but praise for it's doctors. They have helped me with everything from chronic illness treatments to end of life care, and have a wonderful staff with experience in small animal handling. If you're looking for a cozy, wonderful vet for your rat/guinea/other exotic pet, then this is the place.
  • This has been our family vet for 23 years. We have seen many of the different vets on staff. They all have been friendly, knowledgeable, and compassionate, including the support staff. They even made a house call when our dog was too sick to make the trip. They offer grooming and have a full pharmacy.

  • Tri-City recently figured out a really difficult health issue affecting my pug. Looking for a vet that has all the answers. Stop looking. This is where you want to take your best friend.

  • This place is awesome, vet techs are professional, everyone is nice, Dr. King is incredible with animals. My dog has pretty bad anxiety and she always get down on the floor and makes them feel so comfortable. Prices are reasonable, and they offer online medical history now which is awesome.

Our Teeth Cleaning Process

The first step in treating gingivitis and periodontal disease is to hand scale the large pieces of tartar off the teeth and probe the teeth for pockets of infection, damaged roots, fractured teeth, or other tooth problems.  Our goal is always to retain any teeth that can be treated and returned to health, but if a tooth is so diseased or damaged that it will be a source of continued infection or pain, we may recommend a tooth extraction.  

Next, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned using an ultrasonic dental cleaner to loosen and remove all tartar and debris.  Next, the sparkling clean teeth are polished with a high-speed polisher to smooth the tooth surfaces, slowing down future tartar accumulation.  Finally, a foaming fluoride treatment is applied to protect and strengthen the enamel of the teeth.

Request an Appointment (and More) at Tri-City Animal & Bird Clinic

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy
Your pets are out first priority! For emergency service information, please visit our emergencies page.