80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over the age of 3 years have suffered some sort of dental or gum disease. Whether your dog or cat is in need of routine preventative dental care including a thorough oral examination, dental cleaning and polishing or has significant oral disease and is in need of major oral surgery, the Dentistry Service at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine can provide your pet with exceptional oral care.

Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center have access to the only board certified veterinary dental specialist in the state of Iowa. Our state-of-the-art dentistry and oral surgery operatory can provide treatment for broken or fractured teeth, periodontal disease, root canal therapy, restorative procedures including treatment of caries (cavities), oronasal fistula repair (communication of the oral cavity and nasal cavity), non-invasive jaw fracture repair, and oncologic surgery of the oral cavity (tumor biopsy or resection). Not only will your pet be evaluated and treated by a board certified veterinary dental specialist, but it will also be under the care of a highly trained team of anesthesia staff.

Patients can be referred from the primary care veterinarian or owners can self-refer for their pets to receive treatment.

Examples of procedures that can be performed:


  • Thorough dental cleaning
  • Open debridement of periodontally compromised teeth
  • Guided tissue regeneration to encourage bone growth in periodontally compromised teeth
  • Crown lengthening procedures


  • Standard root canal therapy
  • Vital pulp therapy
  • Surgical root canal therapy
  • Treatment of endodontic complications
  • Apexification


  • Crown therapy (prosthodontic crowns)
  • Restoration of caries (cavities)

Oral Surgery

  • Closed or open surgical extractions
  • Oronasal fistula repair
  • Interdental, intra-osseous wiring with or without intraoral splint
  • Palatal surgery and repair
  • Dental arch resection for tumor resection
  • Biopsy incisional or excisional for tumor diagnosis


  • Dental impressions and bite registration
  • Diagnosis of malocclusion
  • Application of orthodontic appliances for movement of abnormally positioned teeth
  • Interceptive orthodontics and deciduous tooth extractions


Complicated crown fracture
Complicated crown fracture
Persistent deciduous canine tooth
Persistent deciduous canine tooth
Standard root canal therapy
Standard root canal therapy
severe periodontal disease
Severe periodontal disease