Read about fellow dental patients.

Reggie: Orange Tabby Domestic Shorthair

golden domestic cat face closeup
Reggie, an 11 1/2 year old cat, is a regular visitor here at Greenhaven and we love him! He’s quite the lover! Reggie came in to see us and as the Doctor examined his mouth he noticed inflamed gums as well as moderate calculus and tartar. Reggie was diagnosed with stage 2 periodontal disease and was scheduled for an oral cleaning a few weeks later. Although Reggie wasn’t too pleased with the idea, it was necessary for his health.

Reggie was admitted to our clinic and we performed radiographs to take a look at the roots of the teeth. Upon seeing the radiographs, we did notice that one of the teeth needed to be extracted due to severe periodontal disease that was causing the tooth to decay below the gumline. If this was left untreated, it could have caused serious problems; the infection could have been spread through the bloodstream and infect vital organs.

Next on Reggie’s agenda was some pre-diagnostic blood work which was required due to his age and previous health issues. Reggie was previously diagnosed with Kidney disease which is another reason why he needed to stay on top of his health. We also needed to make sure to give the proper medications while under anesthesia, the blood work results told us that the normal medications we use would not cause any issues.

Reggie’s surgery went well and we only had one extraction and we cleaned and polished all the teeth. He also had two pockets that we treated with an oral antibiotic which gets rid of the harmful bacteria causing the pockets. He now now has a healthy mouth and is doing great! See what his family had to say:

I’m always pleased with the outcomes from the dental procedures. I know it’s a very intricate procedure- never knowing what they will find- but I also know my cat is well monitored throughout and special care is given in addressing all issues whether it’s just cleaning or extractions. To me, it has proved to be money well spent.

This is Reggie’s teeth prior to surgery, you can notice the inflamed gum line as well as dental calculus buildup.

This shows Reggie’s teeth after surgery. As you can see, we were able to really clean up the back molars! If you take a close look at the bottom teeth, you can see the stitching from the excision of the infected tooth.

This shows the other side of the mouth after cleaning and polishing- clean and shiny!

Travis: Boarder Collie

Travis, a 14 year old Border Collie, is one of our most precious patients! His parents always stay up to date on his 6 month exams and bloodwork needed due to the many health conditions that have came with his senior age. During his most recent exam, the Doctor noted significant dental calculus with some teeth discoloration along with gingivitis. At this point, Travis was diagnosed with stage 2 periodontal disease. Travis was then scheduled to come in for an oral surgery as soon as possible.

Fast-forward about 2 weeks, it was then time for Travis’s surgery! After admitting Travis, the technicians ran an ECG on Travis due to his age and health condition. The ECG records electrical activity of the heart and lets us know what the heart is doing with each beat. The ECG readings give a large amount of information about the structure of the heart along with its functionality and flags any heart conditions. If there is a heart murmur or any other heart conditions, we would need to use different medications than what we usually use for our day-to-day surgeries. It was then time to take some radiographs (as you can only see 40% of the teeth with the naked eye, 60% lies beneath the gum line).

After looking at the radiographs, the technicians along with the Doctor found out that he actually had very advanced periodontal disease. He was then diagnosed with stage 4 periodontal disease (the most advanced). Travis had several pocket formations along with infection that were addressed by the team during the oral surgery. Since several of the teeth were infected, we removed them to stop the spread of infection to vital organs. The surgery went very well and he was on his path to recovery!

Travis was having a tough time with recovery, however. The following day he would not eat or drink, so we advised that he be brought in. The owners were actually en route for a vacation. We went right into their RV and set up IV fluids along with medications to provide the VIP treatment for Travis! The fluids and medications did the trick and Travis is back to his normal self!

Travis receiving IV fluids in the RV accompanied by Meredith, one of our CVT’s

Travis’s owners had this to say about his oral surgery experience:

I appreciated the special care and attention given to Travis especially due to his age and hypoparathyroid and arthritis. When Travis was not eating or drinking afterwards, the follow up care provided was above and beyond. He was given fluids and anti-nausea medicine in our vehicle so he didn’t have to walk inside. Everyone’s expertise and care is extraordinary.
-The Reed Family

This shows Travis’s teeth prior to surgery. You can notice the calculus buildup on the back molars close to the gum line.


Here is another before picture of Travis’s teeth, on the heavily infected side. You can really notice the infected back molars pictured here. The teeth had became so infected that it had started to “eat away” the gum line.


This is Travis’s teeth after surgery on the side that had a lot of infection. As you can see, we extracted the top back molars due to advanced infection.

Harley: Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire terrier playing in the park on the grass
Harley, a 7 year old Yorkshire Terrier, came in to see Dr. Bill and was diagnosed with stage 4 periodontal disease. Harley had significant gingivitis of the upper canines and premolars. This is the most advanced stage of periodontal disease! At stage 4, Harley’s teeth have now lost more than 50% of their support, there is severe inflammation, gum recession & bleeding, deep pockets, bone loss, and tooth mobility. Harley needed IMMEDIATE care in order to relieve the pain and advanced periodontal disease.

Harley was very lucky we did the oral surgery quickly, if we had waited much longer the disease could have entered the bloodstream and infected the kidneys, heart and liver. We performed several extractions and due to the severity of his oral health, he will require frequent follow-up cleanings as well as DILIGENT home care in order to maintain stability. Here is what Harley’s owner thought of Harley’s experience:

Harley got excellent care during his dental procedure and after. -Clara D.

As you can see, Harley had severe gingivitis at the gumline as well as heavy dental calculus (mainly prominent on upper canines and premolars)

This image shows the cleaned teeth as well as shows how many extractions he had to have.

This is also Harley’s teeth prior to the oral surgery. As you can see on his top canines, dental calculus is extremely prominent and needed to be cleaned heavily. Some teeth will need to be extracted as well.

Teeth are all cleaned and polished with several extractions.

This shows Travis’s teeth prior to surgery. You can notice the calculus buildup on the back molars close to the gum line.

Lily: Border Collie

dogs filming outdoors
Lily, a 5 year old Border Collie, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Periodontal Disease in March. Dr. Bill took radiographs of Lily’s mouth and found that some of her teeth needed to be extracted. Lily, thereafter, received oral surgery and had a tooth extracted along with an oral cleaning. Upon further inspection, Lily came back again a few weeks later to get another tooth extracted. Before the surgery Lily was having issues eating due to pain caused by her periodontal disease. Lily is now doing great, and back to eating like a champ!

We are very satisfied with Lily’s cleaning and oral surgery. The procedure removed the infected canine tooth, improved her general health and eliminated the open wound on her muzzle as well as cleaned her teeth. We were informed of the general procedure for surgery, the minimum and maximum charges and were given instructions for post-op care. The follow-up calls checking on her were appreciated. Thanks to all the staff for a successful surgical experience!
-The Haning family

These are Lily’s teeth prior to surgery. As you can see, she had plaque and tarter buildup that needed cleaned up.

Here are Lily’s clean and polished teeth after surgery.

This is the other side of her mouth. Once again you can see the plaque and tarter buildup.

Lily’s clean teeth after surgery. The extracted tooth can not be seen in the picture due to it being toward the back of the mouth.

Noel: Shih Tzu

a cute shi tzu dog's check up going on
Noel, an 11 year old Shih Tzu, came to see Dr. Bill to get oral surgery performed. Noel was diagnosed with Stage 3 Periodontal Disease and had several teeth with resorptive lesions. These lesions cause the tooth to essentially eat itself. These specific type of tooth lesions are not very common in dogs, but are fairly common in felines. In almost all cases, these teeth need removed. In this case, however, the lesions were not too advanced and she received a crown amputation. Noel did have several other extractions. She is now in great oral health and is doing great!

My dog, Noel, had a very positive experience during her dental procedure. The staff and Vet’s are all wonderful and very knowledgeable. Noel was treated very well and spoiled. Thanks to Greenhaven!!
-Janet G.

This is Noel’s teeth before surgery. You can really see the periodontal disease has taken its course in the top left corner of her mouth.

This is Noel’s teeth after surgery. As you can see, some of those diseased teeth were removed from the bottom jaw.

This is also Noel’s teeth before surgery. Once again, you can really notice the periodontal disease on the top teeth near the gumline.

This is Noel’s mouth after surgery as well. Once again, you can see that we extracted some of the teeth from the bottom due to advanced periodontal disease.

Shooter: Australian Shepherd

Shooter came in for an oral health assessment and was diagnosed with stage 2 periodontal disease. The owners then scheduled for Dr. Bill to perform oral surgery. Shooter got a prophylactic polish as well as a surgical extraction of one of his teeth that was broken. Shooter is now doing great and has great oral health thanks to the preventative care methods taken by his owners! See the owner’s testimonial below!

We recently had our Australian Sheppard, Shooter scheduled for a routine dental cleaning. During the initial exam, it was discovered that he had a broken tooth. For the benefit of his overall health, it was recommended that the broken tooth be extracted.

We checked Shooter in for overnight care prior to the dental procedure. He was well taken care of by the Greenhaven staff. He had his teeth cleaned and the damaged tooth extracted the next day. We received specific instructions for post care and the staff at Greenhaven followed up on his progress.

The extraction area healed as expected. In about one week, Shooter was back to eating normally and doing fine. The attention to detail by the staff finding his damaged tooth enhanced his overall health and well being. The dental cleaning is highly recommended for regular health maintenance.

Your provider can explain the health risks to your pet in regards to dental health. We were extremely satisfied with the level of care Shooter received at Greenhaven.

We have always had good results with the care of our animals and look forward to continued happy and healthy pets.

Kind regards,

The H. Family

Shooter before oral surgery –Right Side

Shooter’s shiny teeth following his oral cleaning –Right Side

Shooter’s teeth before his oral surgery –Left Side

Shooter’s left side of teeth after extracting his broken tooth