Dentistry Services - General & Specialist

Did you know that up to 80% of pets over 2 years of age have some form of dental disease?

Here at Hallam Vet Clinic we are passionate about all things dental. Dental pain in pets is very common and can markedly affect your pet's quality of life. Signs of oral pain can manifest as halitosis (bad breath), trouble or difficulty eating, increased salivation, pawing at the mouth, or changes in behaviour. However, oral pain is not always clearly obvious as animals will often continue to eat and drink in order to survive.

We have the most up to date dental equipment, including dental x-ray and electronic oral charting systems to keep the most accurate records of your pet's dental health.

Dental x-ray is a critical part of performing dental procedures as quite often the extent and severity of dental pathology is not always visible to the naked eye.  

Our vets and nurses are specially trained to recognise and give advice on various dental pathology and treatment options, and we are a unique practice in Victoria, as we are able to offer specialist dental services on-site, meaning your pet can receive the best dental care available.


What is a veterinary dental specialist?

Currently there are only two organisations in the world who will award the qualification of veterinary dental specialist, the American Veterinary Dental College, and the European Dental College. A veterinary dentist is an experienced general practitioner who has done additional studies specifically in dentistry. This normally comprises of a 1 year internship, and an intensive 3 year residency program where the candidate must submit a minimum case load in various subjects, undertake cross-disciplinary training in anaesthesia, radiology and surgery, publish an original research paper, and sit a three day written and practical examination, one of which is undertaken on site in the United States of America.

Dr. David is also mentoring and training three veterinary dental residents, one being Dr. Crystal Loh, who is full time on site at Hallam Vet Clinic. 

What dentistry services do you offer?

Our main focus is to try and save teeth whenever possible. There are a few reasons for this. Dogs have 4 types of teeth in their mouth - incisors, canines, premolars and molars. The canine and large carnassial (chewing teeth) teeth are considered "cornerstone" teeth as they are the largest teeth for chewing and prehension, but also because they provide a significant amount of structure and strength to the face and jaw.

The loss of important teeth like this can weaken the jaw, and alter the way the animal chews, leading to ongoing dental problems. If you have any concerns regarding your pet's dental health, please do not hesitate to ring us today.

We offer a range of services in addition to general dentistry, which often comprises of dental cleans and straightforward extractions. This is a comprehensive list of some of the services that we offer. 

Dental and Maxillofacial Radiography

- Digital Intraoral Radiographs (X-Ray)


- Preserving Fractured (Broken) Teeth

- Conventional Root Canal Treatment

- Surgical Root Canal Treatment

- Vital Pulpotomy (Direct Pulp Capping)

Oral Surgery

- Extractions and Surgical Extractions

- Complicated/ Difficult Surgical Extractions

- Feline and Canine Tooth Resorption

- Dentigerous Cyst Surgery

- Oronasal Fistula Repair

- Oral Tumor Surgical Resection and Management

- Mandibulectomy and Maxillectomy

- Traumatic & Congenital Cleft Palate Repair

- Tongue (Lingual) Surgery


Oral and Maxillofacial Trauma

- Mandibular and Maxillary Fracture Repair

- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Luxation


Oral Medicine


- Oral Pain

- Feline Caudal Mucositis (Stomatitis)

- Feline Tooth Resorption

- Assessment, Diagnosis and Surgery of Odontogenic and Malignant Oral Tumors

- Treatment of Canine Ulcerative Mucositis (Stomatitis)

- Investigation of Maxillofacial Swellings and Draining Tracts

- Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease


- Malocclusion Assessment & Genetic Counselling

- Interceptive Orthodontics

- Interceptive/Selective Extractions of Deciduous and Permanent Teeth

- Treatment for Traumatic and Painful Malocclusions


Periodontal Disease

- Periodontal Cleaning and Prophylaxis

- Subgingival Scaling, Root Planing, Curettage

- Treatment and Management of Aggressive Periodontitis

- Advanced Periodontal Flap Surgery

- Gingivectomy/Gingivoplasty

- Bone Augmentation

- Guided Tissue Regeneration

Restorative Dentistry

- Restoration of Enamel Defects

- Enamel Hypoplasia

- Cavity Restoration

- Composite Restoration

- Prosthodontics (Metal Crowns)

Exotics & Pocket Pets

- Rabbit & Rodent Dentistry & Radiography

- Trimming, tooth extractions, Radiography

- Beak reconstruction in birds