A healthy mouth is vital for the overall health of your pets. Your dog or cat will receive a complete evaluation with the goal of saving their teeth whenever possible and give your pet a healthy and pain-free mouth using advanced anesthesia technology, dental x-rays, and state-of-the-art treatment.
Diane Carle, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Diane Carle is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. She received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and her Veterinary Medical Degree from Tufts University. Dr. Carle completed her residency in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery at a private practice in Massachusetts. She is a member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Carle was an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and taught the dentistry portion of the Small Animal Medicine Course for third-year students. She has published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. Recent publications include articles on soft tissue impaction, temporary crown preparation and diagnostic imaging in veterinary dentistry. Dr. Carle has been co-chair of the AVDC-Sponsored Dental Track at the Veterinary Dental Forum and is the chair of the Forum Review and Assessment Exam. She is also a member of the AVDC Training Support Committee.
Dr. Carle volunteers for the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, an organization that provides advanced veterinary dental services to captive exotic animals, and has performed root canal treatments on several tigers and a bear. Dr. Carle enjoys writing about and teaching veterinary dentistry and when not at work, enjoys jewelry making and biking. She has two cats, Kitten and Quinn. Quinn was a rescue kitty who had surgery and two root canals to treat an unhealed jaw fracture and is now fully recovered from his surgery.
In addition to our GE 64 slice CT, the Animal Medical Center now has a Cone Beam CT scanner! Cone Beam CT (CBCT) is a special kind of CT scan that is used for the head and extremities (legs and paws). It uses lower levels of radiation than conventional CT and creates a higher resolution image. Our system is fully portable, so it can be used in the dental suite or operating room and doesn’t require the patient to be moved. It completes the scan in only 17 seconds and is especially suited for use in dentistry, ophthalmology, and orthopedics.
CBCT for Dentistry.
Our dental department will be using CBCT for most patients. The CT images, combined with intraoral radiographs, will allow us to assess patients for conditions like periodontal disease, oral tumors, jaw fractures, and disease of the pulp. Our software creates a 3-D model of each patient that makes visualizing pathology easier. Our CBCT will help us plan extractions, root canal procedures, and oral surgeries. Our software will allow us to share images with referring veterinarians. Owners will also receive a copy of the CT scan and software to view the images also if owners would like to explore their pets’ images.
- Surgical and simple extractions
- Full-mouth extractions
- Extraction of persistent deciduous teeth
- Extraction of retained roots
- Fracture repair: minimally invasive and “tooth-friendly”
- Oral mass biopsy and excision
- Removal of intruded tooth material (from mandibular canal or nasal cavity)
- Root canal therapy
- Vital pulp therapy
- Dental cleanings
- Advanced periodontal surgery: tooth-preserving surgeries including open root planing, guided tissue regeneration
- Crown placement: metal and tooth–colored crowns
- Bite assessment
- Treatment of traumatic malocclusions including active-force appliances (“braces”)
- Treatment of refractory stomatitis and other oral inflammatory diseases
- Intra-oral radiographs
- Home-care instruction
- Toothbrushing lessons