Virginia Veterinary Dentistry Because pets suffer dental pain, too!

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Veterinary dentistry uses the techniques commonly used in human dentistry. Our motivation is to provide relief from pain and persistent infection.  Pets who are in pain, and suffering from the internal effects of an unrelenting infection will not live as happily as they could, and they will die prematurely.

Dental Radiography (X-rays)

An x-ray study of the teeth and surrounding structures is an essential part of a complete oral evaluation. We have portable dental x-ray equipment that can provide the high detail required for the complete evaluation that you expect and your pet deserves.


Periodontics (Gum Treatments)

Periodontal (gum) disease is the most common infectious disease of dogs and cats. We strive to maintain oral health through counseling and instructions for home care. Using modern veterinary dental procedures, we offer professional dental cleanings and, when needed, advanced periodontal procedures to help restore health to unhealthy mouths.


Orthodontics (Braces)


 Misaligned or crooked teeth can cause pain, irritation, tooth loss, and infection. Often, orthodontic techniques provide the simplest way to resolve these problems.  We are also available to provide pet-breeding clients with bite evaluations that will help them identify genetic abnormalities in prospective breeding animals.

Endodontics (Root Canals)


Pets commonly break their teeth, and often the break is severe enough to expose the pulp (nerve). Such teeth are painful and always become infected. In some cases, the injury doesn’t break the tooth but causes bleeding in the pulp, resulting in discolored teeth. Broken and discolored teeth can usually be salvaged by an endodontic (root canal) procedure. The only other option is extraction. The larger and more important the tooth, the greater is the need for root canal therapy.


Prosthodontics (Crowns)


This branch of dentistry deals with the construction of appliances designed to protect weakened teeth or to replace missing teeth or other oral structures.




Oral Orthopedics


Injuries or degenerative conditions of the bones of the jaws are common. These bones are unique in that they contain teeth and have canals for nerves and blood vessels. Broken bones in the jaws cannot be treated the same way as broken legs. Bone pins, plates, and screws used on legs may kill teeth and result in dental pain and abscesses. Dental techniques and materials allow for simpler, noninvasive treatment of oral injuries with no additional dental damage.

Oral Surgery



Regrettably, dogs and cats develop a number of benign and cancerous tumors that require aggressive surgery for a cure or to provide long-term control. Although some of these surgeries require the removal of jaws or portions of jaws, cats and dogs adjust very well , and can go on to live long and happy lives. The earlier these problems are detected the better the long-term outlook.



Dr. Taylor is available to speak to veterinary organizations, veterinary technician groups, breed and kennel clubs, and cat fancier clubs about any aspect of veterinary dentistry. The more informed that pet owners, fanciers, and veterinary groups become about veterinary dentistry, the more pets will be relieved of unnecessary pain and debilitating infection.

Virginia Veterinary Dentistry
 Charlottesville, Virginia
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