Dentistry and Oral Surgery
Dr. Doug Winter of Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital of Wichita provides advanced dentistry services to maintain and care for your pet's oral health. Dental disease is the No. 1 health condition affecting pets today. More than 85 percent of dogs and cats over 2 years of age are afflicted with periodontal disease, an infection resulting from a build-up of plaque and tarter around the gum line. Bacteria in the plaque irritate and cause inflammation of the gingival tissue and lead to infection in the surrounding bone. As with humans, periodontal disease is painful and can have a dramatic effect on your pet's quallity of life. In addition, dental disease has been directly correlated to illness of the heart, liver and kidney. As bacteria spreads from the bone via the bloodstream, it can wind up in the vital organs, damaging their tissue and interfering with healthy functioning. Taking your pet to your primary care veterinarian on a regular basis for regular health examinations and routine dental care are essential to your pet's overall health and quality of life. Regular dental cleanings and brushing your pet’s teeth daily will have a dramatic and positive impact on your pet’s mouth.
Unfortunately, periodontal disease is not the only oral problem that affects animals. As with people, pets can develop gingival disorders, oral tumors, TMJ abnormalities, malocclusions, fractured and worn-down teeth, abscesses, resorptive lesions and more. In many instances, your veterinarian may elect to refer you and your pet to another veterinarian with advanced training in the area of veterinary dentistry. Dr. Winter has completed advanced training in periodontal surgery and treatment, endodontic therapy, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, restorative dentistry, and dental radiology technique and interpretation. The health and comfort of your pet is of utmost importance. We will work closely with your primary care veterinarian to provide excellent immediate and long-term care for your pet’s mouth.
Consultation with Dr. Winter requires a referral from your primary care veterinarian and an appointment. Complete evaluation of the oral cavity, dental radiographs and subsequent treatment of an animal necessitates the use of general anesthesia. In most cases, Dr. Winter can proceed with the indicated treatment your pet requires on the day of the consultation appointment. Because your pet may undergo anesthesia, we recommend that you do not feed your pet after 11 p.m. the day before your scheduled appointment. However, water should be made available to your pet until the time of the appointment. Please let us know if your pet must eat in the morning because of a condition such as diabetes, or if medications must be given the morning of your consultation.
Digital Radiographic Imaging
Dental radiographs allow for viewing below the gum line to accurately diagnose and treat intra-oral disease. Dental radiographs are essential to know how to treat periodontal pockets, fractured teeth, mobile teeth, missing teeth, resorptive lesions, oral tumors and jaw fractures.
Periodontal Surgery and Treatment
Periodontal disease affects the tissues that support and anchor the teeth, and left untreated, can lead to tooth and bone loss. To manage this problem, Dr. Winter provides open and closed-root planning, guided tissue regeneration, mucogingival surgery, bone grafts and extractions.
Endodontic therapy is an alternative to extraction. It alleviates pain and infection to restore function of strategic teeth that are fractured, worn-down, abscessed or discolored. Dr. Winter provides conventional and surgical root canal therapy, vital pulpotomy treatment and replacement of luxated or avulsed teeth.
Surgical procedures include extraction, oral mass resection/biopsy, oronasal fistula repair, cleft palate repair, repair of jaw fracture, and TMJ abnormalities. CT and MRI are available if indicated.
Malocclusions (an under- or overbite) can cause tooth-to-tooth and tooth-to-soft tissue contact, thereby causing pain and a dysfunctional bite. The underlying goal with orthodontics is to move the teeth to correct the malocclusion and provide the patient with a pain-free functional bite.
Composite restoration procedures restore teeth damaged due to defects in the enamel or dentin. To remedy this, a cast metal crown is installed to protect and maintain the function of a tooth that has been damaged or saved via a root canal procedure.