Dentistry & Oral Surgery

Oral health is an important factor of pet health that must be maintained. Your pet’s health and quality of life can be seriously affected by disease or injury to the teeth and oral cavity. Periodontal disease, inflammation of the gums and tissues surrounding the teeth, is the most commonly diagnosed disease in cats and dogs. This can occur without routine home care and dental cleanings by your regular veterinarian. While 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 years of age suffer from some sort of periodontal disease, it is certainly not the only aspect of your pet’s oral health that should be considered. Oral tumors, malocclusions, tooth and jaw fractures, and cleft palates are conditions that can require advanced surgical and dental care as well.

Your family veterinarian has training to manage many common dental issues. For advanced dentistry and oral surgery services not provided by your veterinarian, Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center has the training and equipment to handle even the most complicated of dental problems. Our dental suite is equipped with state-of-the-art dental, anesthesia and monitoring equipment as well as digital dental radiology.

Veterinary Dentist Specialties

At AVES, we treat all areas of advanced dentistry including:


Treatment of fractured teeth/pulpitis, pulp exposure, root canals, crown reductions and tooth abscesses.


Treatment of periodontal disease, tooth scaling and polishing, root planing, mucogingival surgery and guided tissue and bone regeneration.


Correction of common malocclusions, orthodontic appliances, bite evaluations, and genetic counseling.


Cast metal crowns, fillings and esthetic bonding.

Dental Radiology

Permanent tooth assessment for puppies, dental disease, oral tumors, fractures and TMJ evaluation.

Oral Surgery

Difficult extractions, jaw fractures, palate defects, oronasal fistulas, oral tumors, and dislocated teeth.

Oral Diseases

Oral manifestations of systemic disease, gingivostomatitis, feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions and oral autoimmune disorders.




Department Information

Our Dental service is open Monday – Thursday, 8am – 6pm. Please contact our office at 512-343-2837 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our Dentist.



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Yes. Considering that the dental cleaning process involves a large amount of water, it is extremely important that the patient remains completely still during a cleaning or oral exam. This allows for a full, thorough subgingival cleaning, and also protects the patient’s airway during the procedure. In addition, dental radiographs (x-rays) are an essential part of the dental procedure and cannot be obtained without anesthesia.

We include a full mouth exam, a thorough supra and subgingival (above and below the gum line) cleaning of each tooth, and full mouth dental radiographs. Since our dentist is board-certified and we offer 24 hour hospitalized patient care, we are also able to offer advanced oral surgery procedures such as root canals and advanced periodontal therapy at the time of your pet’s dental cleaning, if it is deemed necessary.

  • Proper dental care can prevent other health problems that can accompany dental disease. Regular brushing of your dog’s teeth can help prevent oral diseases that can spread bacteria to other parts of their body. Keeping up with cleanings and at home brushing is also much more affordable than dealing with the diseases that can result from inadequate care!
  • Healthy teeth = better breath.
  • Improved chance of keeping teeth for a longer duration—pets without proper dental care can painfully lose teeth!
  • Teeth wear out! Your pets are tough on their teeth. Dogs commonly fracture teeth by chewing on rocks, cage doors, chain link fences and hard toys.
  • Pets are good at hiding pain. You might not know your pet has a serious dental problem until it is in an advanced stage.

We recommend dental cleanings annually, but some pets can require cleanings every 3-6 months depending on oral health.