Welcome to Tampa Bay Veterinary Dentistry
serving the greater Tampa Bay metro area & Florida
Dr. Michael Peak and his staff are dedicated to providing
optimal health care for pets, especially dogs and cats, and assisting your veterinarian
to offer options for animal dental problems. Our veterinary dentistry practice is part
of a group of specialty practices collectively called Tampa
Bay Veterinary Specialists, which has been serving central Florida and the Tampa Bay region
for more than 25 years. Our mission has always been to provide the highest
quality veterinary care in a compassionate manner, while working with pet owners and
their veterinarians to improve the health and happiness of pets and clients.
Client satisfaction and disease resolution are top priority at our practices.
Your family veterinarian and his or her support staff are likely well versed in dental diseases and can provide
the maintenance care your pets need, but in the event they diagnose a disorder
that might benefit from advanced dental procedures, they may offer the option
of referral. We prefer to work closely with them, discuss their findings on the
phone, and receive copies of your pet’s records communicating any existing
medical conditions and current medications along with any recent diagnostic tests
or x-rays. All this information will help us provide a seamless transition into
our practice and allow us to tailor treatment specific for your pet. Once our
part of the examination or procedure is complete, we will communicate back to
your family veterinarian what was done either verbally or via a letter with copies
of any and all pertinent information to allow them to continue the maintenance
from that point on.
What does our Veterinary Dental Specialist do?
veterinary dental specialists are trained to evaluate genetic as well as acquired problems. Advanced diagnostics, including dental radiology and laboratory evaluations, allow proper diagnosis of the oral health and any medical problem prior to treatment planning. Since the veterinary dental specialist is trained in surgery, medicine and dentistry, a wide range of special treatment options can be implemented.
Obviously dog, cat and other animal patients with oral health problems will
require general anesthesia for evaluation and treatment. The veterinary dental
specialist has been trained in the safe and effective use of anesthesia and also
in pain management. Dr. Mike Peak and his staff will implement appropriate therapeutic
programs to improve oral health and the general wellness of their patients.
What is a Board Certified Veterinary Specialist?
Veterinary Medicine has attained
a degree of sophistication that is beyond the scope of any single individual.
This, together with the increasingly important role of pets in our society, has
resulted in the emergence of a number of veterinary specialties comparable to
those in human medicine (e.g., cardiologists, radiologists, surgeons, internists,
dentists). Dentistry is one of twenty specialties currently recognized by the
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Specialty certification requires
completing 3 to 6 years of training in the area of specialization beyond the
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. Requirements vary among individual “specialty
colleges”, but all candidates must pass advanced credential requirements
approved by the AVMA. In addition to comprehensive training in the area of expertise,
a veterinarian must submit credentials of expertise to a review board in the
specialty college and may be required to publish original scientific articles.
Following acceptance of the credentials, an extensive written and practical examination
must be successfully completed before being acknowledged as a specialist. When
these requirements have been met, the applicant is then designated as a “Board
Certified Specialist” or “Diplomate” of the respective specialty
college. Veterinary dentistry specialty candidates who complete this process
can then use the well earned titles, Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental
College, Board Certified Veterinary Dentist, Veterinary Dentist and Veterinary
What Veterinary Dentistry Services are offered?
Specialists in veterinary dentistry can offer many advanced treatments including:
- Endodontics: Pulp exposure treatment of fractured teeth/pulpitis, root canals, crown reductions and tooth abscesses.
- Periodontics: Treatment
of periodontal disease, teeth scaling and polishing, root planing, mucogingival
surgery and guided tissue and bone regeneration.
- Orthodontics: Correction
of common malocclusions, orthodontic appliances, bite evaluations, and genetic
- Restorations: Cast metal crowns, fillings,
esthetic bonding, bridges and implants.
- Dental Radiology: Permanent
tooth assessment for puppies, dental disease,
- Oral Surgery:
Difficult extractions, jaw fractures, palate defects, oronasal disease, oral
tumors and teeth avulsions.
- Oral Diseases: Oral
manifestations of systemic disease, gingivostomatitis, feline odontoclastic resorptive
lesions and oral autoimmune disorders.