A veterinary dentist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the oral cavity. Anesthetized oral exams and imaging (dental X-rays and/or CT scans) help to best determine the extent of the disease and the appropriate course of action. The utmost care is taken to provide your animal with treatment to best control or cure disease, while maintaining optimal function and appearance.
The goal of the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service of the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center is to provide the highest quality dental and oral surgery care in conjunction with consistent and effective communication with the client and referring veterinarian.
Dr. Jennings completed a three-year residency and is a board-certified specialist of the American Veterinary Dental College. He works closely with your primary veterinarian as well as specialists in other fields (oncology, cardiology, general surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology and radiology) to attain the highest level of patient care and client satisfaction.
- Professional Dental Cleanings with Dental X-rays
- Tooth Extraction
- Advanced Periodontal Therapies (including Guided Tissue Regeneration)
- Gingival Surgery
- Root Canal Therapy
- Vital Pulp Therapy
- Crown-lengthening Surgery
- Crown Placement & Restorative Procedures
- Orthodontic Planning & Treatment
Oral & Oncologic Surgery:
- Oral Biopsies
- Tumor Removal and Facial Reconstructive Surgery
- Jaw Fracture Repair
- Salivary Gland Surgery
- TMJ Luxation
- Cleft Palate Repair
- Masticatory Myositis
- Feline Stomatitis
- Eosinophilic Granulomas and other Oral Immune-mediated Diseases
- TMJ Disorders
During your initial appointment, you will be greeted by one of our experienced veterinary nurses who will weigh your pet, assess vital signs and obtain a brief patient history from you. You will then meet Dr. Jennings who will review your pet’s problem and discuss treatment options and recommendations. Diagnostics such as bloodwork or consults with other services may be performed as needed. Surgery, if necessary, will be discussed and scheduled for later that day or the near future.
On the day of your pet’s surgical procedure, you will be contacted by Dr. Jennings after the procedure and updated periodically during your pet’s stay at VSEC. A discharge appointment will be set up and details of your pet’s post-operative care and medications will be provided in a report and discussed with you.
Your referring veterinarian will be updated on your pet’s progress and all records will be faxed to them immediately. Our staff is always available by phone to answer any questions you may have during and after your pet‘s stay at VSEC.
Canine and Feline Oral Cancers
VSEC offers a comprehensive oncology practice in conjunction with our surgical, medical and radiation oncology services. Whether it is working to determine the initial diagnosis of benign or malignant tumors (i.e. squamous cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma or fibrosarcoma) or attempting more definitive treatment through advanced procedures, Dr. Jennings collaborates closely with the other specialty services to provide you options for treatment that best suit you and your pet’s needs.