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What is Dentistry & Oral Surgery?
Our Dentistry and Oral Surgery service provides comprehensive dental, oral, and surgical treatment to animal patients, primarily dogs and cats. If your pet needs any type of dental treatment beyond a basic, simple cleaning, our service can treat them.
Many of the pets we see are referred by primary care veterinarians; however, appointments can be made directly by owners without a referral.



To make an appointment:
(970) 297-5000

We usually do consultations on Monday and Wednesday, and perform procedures on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

What Advanced Dental Capabilities Do You Have?

Our state-of-the-art dental capabilities include instruments, material, and skills that allow us to treat every aspect of dentistry, oral medicine, and maxillo-facial surgery:
  • Rotary nickel titanium endodontic instruments allow us to perform quicker and more predictable Root Canal Therapy for higher success rate and shorter time under anesthesia.
  • Digital dental radiography capabilities give us quicker film processing times. These radiographs have a higher resolution and better quality, yielding better details, more accurate diagnostics, and shorter time under anesthesia during a procedure.
  • A piezoelectric ultrasonic osteotomy device (piezotome) allows us to selectively and precisely cut only mineralized tissue during a procedure, which preserves blood vessels and nerves.
  • Since we collaborate with our board-certified anesthesiologists we can safely perform anesthesia and dental procedures on patients that may be high-risk for anesthesia, especially geriatric patients.

Why Might My Pet Visit the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service?

The most common reason why pets visit us include:
  • Endodontics, such as Root Canal Therapy for Fractured and infected teeth.
  • Orthodontics, such as correcting malocclusion including overbites or underbites.
  • Prostodontics is restorative dentistry to restore dental shape and function.
  • Maxillo-facial surgeries to treat and correct defects, injuries, and any surgical condition of the face and jaw.
  • Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition affecting dogs and cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop gum disease by the age of three. Infection and inflammation of the gums, ligaments, and bone supporting the teeth are caused by bacteria present in plaque and calculus (tartar) and needs to be prevented (via prophylaxis) or treated (via periodontal treatment).
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Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

(970) 297-5000

(970) 297-1205

(970) 297-5000
Client Consult Line:
(970) 999-2426
Referring Veterinarian Consult Line:
(970) 999-2426