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Gypsum Animal Hospital

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680 Red Table Dr.
Gypsum, CO 81637
Phone: (970) 524-3647
Fax: (970) 524-1082

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM7:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM3:00 PM
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed
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Gypsum Animal Hospital

Dentistry - Dental disease is a very common problem in pets; just as it is in people. Plaque accumulates due to saliva mixing with food and bacteria in the mouth; this sticky mess adheres to the teeth and creeps up under the gums causing gingivitis. Plaque is over 80% bacteria (yuk). Plaque can be removed by brushing your pets’ teeth.

However, once the plaque combines with minerals in saliva it hardens and is called Tartar. Tartar needs to be removed with an ultrasonic scaler, also called a cavitron. Once the tartar is removed we polish the teeth to get a smooth surface on the enamel; this helps keep tartar from coming back to quickly.

Many patients have severe periodontal (gum) disease because, well, let’s face it, their oral hygiene is not that good! Normal gums should be pink; gums that are infected (periodontal disease) are red and bleed easily. We often will prescribe antibiotics after a dental cleaning with infected gums.

After scaling we can show you how to do home care brushing and use oral rinses to keep plaque and tartar away!! Never use human toothpaste as it contains detergents that are very hard on an animal’s stomach. We also recommend feeding hard or dry food as this creates abrasion which can help keep tartar away (although there is some current debate that hard food may form a paste that can contribute to tartar…stay tuned). Hills makes a dry diet called T/D that is very effective at keeping tartar away.

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Lincoln and Dr. Steve see who has better dental hygiene!

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This photo shows severe periodontal (gum) disease and infection caused by Dental Tartar. Notice how red the gums are (inflammation and infection). This patient needed a deep scaling, ultrasonic cleaning, polishing and a course of antibiotics. The photo below is after cleaning and, almost immediately, the gums appear healthier.


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This feline patient has what we call Feline Resorptive Lesions which are the closest things to a true cavity. You can see how the probe goes right through the tooth to the inside surface (called the lingual surface). We do not know what causes these but routine hygiene and cleanings can prevent them. The photos below show how they are treated.

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Resorptive lesions are usually treated by extracting the tooth and removing or drilling out the roots; they used to be treated with a glass ionomer which is like a filling but it proved ineffective. Wd do not know what causes resorptive lesions.

These photos show us drilling out a root tip and suturing the gums back together. If you haven’t already guessed, pain medication is dispensed after this procedure but it is only needed for a day or two!

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Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.

Testimonial

Dr. Sheldon and his staff have always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets for several years.

- Jon Miller / Gypsum, CO

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM7:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM3:00 PM
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed

Meet The Team "I love coming to work everyday! Ever since I started working here at Gypsum Animal Hospital I have been reading and learning as much as I can about pet health and well being. Now my pets and I are living a healthier life and can pass my knowledge and experience to other families so they too can discover wellness!" Read More

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680 Red Table Dr.
Gypsum, CO 81637
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