At Aggie Animal Dental Center, we provide the highest level of dental care for your four-legged family members. You will be greeted by a courteous receptionist, and will find clean exam rooms, friendly doctors, and caring technicians. We appreciate the role we get to play in your pet’s health care. Our doctors are specialists, having completed an additional 4 years of training after veterinary school. Because we are the only board-certified veterinary dentists in private practice north of the Golden Gate Bridge all the way to the Oregon border, our services are in high demand, and there is often a 6-8 week wait for initial consultation appointments. If your pet has an oral tumor or another serious oral health concern causing him or her not to eat well, we do have urgent care appointments available. To make an appointment please contact us at 415-389-5917.
Looking for information about the cost of dental cleaning? Here at Aggie Animal Dental Center, your pet's dental cleaning procedure will include the following: full-mouth x-rays and/or cone-beam CT, comprehensive dental and oral health examination (also called diagnostic dental charting), ultrasonic scaling above and below the gumline, and polishing. The x-rays/CBCT and initial scaling are performed by an experienced veterinary technician. The oral health examination, additional subgingival scaling, and any advanced periodontal therapy or oral surgery are performed by a board-certified veterinary dentist. Technicians do not perform extractions at our practice. A technician anesthetist is assigned to monitor each patient throughout its procedure, and a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist is on-site, overseeing all procedures. With this high standard of care, the cost of a routine dental cleaning at our specialty hospital ranges from $1300-1500, with larger dogs being at the high end of that range. If extractions, advanced periodontal therapy, or other additional treatment is indicated, additional fees apply. At the initial consultation visit, which costs $175, you will be given a more specific estimate based on the oral examination findings and anticipated treatment required. Most patients who require extractions have bills in the $2500-3500 range.
Although a referral is not required to schedule an appointment, we usually see patients on a referral basis from the patient’s primary care veterinarian, acting as an extension of the family veterinarian’s care. To facilitate examination, your veterinarian may provide information about your pet’s medical history to us by phone, fax (415-532-2257), e-mail, or letter. If anesthesia and treatment are planned, your veterinarian may also run blood tests, take chest x-rays, or perform other tests prior to your appointment with Dr. Lommer or Dr. Fulton. If your pet has a heart murmur, we will likely require consultation with a cardiologist and ultrasound of the heart prior to anesthesia. We have extensive experience treating patients with heart disease; on any given day we may have several patients with heart murmurs undergoing anesthesia.
In order to assist your family veterinarian in maintaining current records and continuing a close relationship with you and your pet, a written report summarizing the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up recommendations will be faxed or e-mailed to your veterinarian after your pet’s visit. After your pet’s procedure, photographs and radiographs from your pet’s procedure will be visible online at our flickr site.