Abnormalities of the bone, gums and teeth can require oral surgery to diagnose and treat infection, cancer, facial deformities and traumatic injuries. At Animal Dental Clinic, we specialize in oral and maxillofacial surgeries to treat a wide variety of diseases and injuries.
Tumors in the mouth are more common than you think, and just like in humans, they can be benign or malignant. You may be able to visualize them at home especially if you routinely brush your pet’s teeth or your regular veterinarian may see one during a routine annual exam. Either way, it is important to find out what kind of tumor your pet is growing. By taking a small sample (incisional biopsy) or removing the bulk of the tumor (excisional biopsy) for analysis by a histopathologist, we are able to understand how the tumor behaves in the mouth and the best treatment option. Either sample must be obtained under general anesthesia. Dr. Battig works closely with other veterinary cancer specialists in our area and with you, the pet owner, to tailor a specific treatment plan for your pet.
Gingival hyperplasia is a condition, seen mainly in dogs, which can look like a tumor because of its appearance in the mouth. Severe cases harbor plaque and tartar, and make periodontal disease progress more quickly. Gingival hyperplasia cases are generally treated with removal of the overgrowth of the gingival tissue and require an artistic eye and a steady hand.
Oronasal fistula are commonly treated by veterinary dentists to surgically correct abnormal tracts that develop from the oral cavity to the nasal cavity or sinuses. This draining tract or fistula occurs in dogs and cats, and can lead to chronic sneezing and nasal discharge from one or both nostrils.
All oral growths, small or large, should be evaluated by a veterinarian. Do not hesitate to contact our office if you suspect an oral mass in your pet.