Animal Referral Hospital Homebush


ARH and AAERC has proudly offered dentistry services to NSW since 2009 and SA since 2014. We are excited to welcome Dr Kirsten Hailstone to the Dental service in Homebush.

Your pets can now have access to an expanding range of dental procedures designed to improve their outcomes by saving their teeth and managing oral care on a long term basis.

Dr Hailstone is available for appointments in Homebush. Please call 02 9758 8666 and speak to our friendly reception team.

Every pet deserves a healthy, pain-free mouth and you can expect the latest and best treatment options for all dental and oral disease.

State of the art facilities including the most current in digital intra-oral and extra-oral radiology which enables your pet to have all of the dental disease diagnosed by viewing the 60% of the tooth which you cannot see. Together with CT and MRI facilities Homebush has all that your pet needs to get the diagnosis right.

You can help your pet overcome the following problems without losing all their teeth.

  • Broken, damaged or discoloured teeth
  • Malocclusions – or misplaced teeth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Un-erupted or impacted teeth
  • Oral and facial trauma
  • Oral tumors

If your pet does need teeth extracted, Dr Hailstone’s advanced training with specialist dentists will mean your pet has the very best treatment possible. You can expect improved recovery and outcomes after extraction. Pain relief using local anaesthesia means your pet never experiences the pain of extraction from the outset and extensive training optimises surgical outcomes when extractions are difficult.

If your pet has concurrent disease and you are concerned about anaesthesia, the advanced training of all of our staff means your pet can successfully undergo treatment whilst minimising risk.

You all know what dentists do for you… root canal therapy, crown application and every parent knows about orthodontics. Now your pet can have this kind of treatment as well.

Periodontal disease occurs in all animals and is present in 85% of dogs and cats by the age of 2. Studies have shown it is as common in wild dogs as it is in domestic dogs so eating bones cannot be the answer.

Early diagnosis of periodontal disease is critical to success in treatment. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease where the body is reacting adversely to the accumulation of plaque on your animal’s teeth.

Together with your general practitioner we can diagnose periodontal disease accurately and plan for life long control for your pet.  Together we are creating an oral hygiene program tailored to the needs of you and your pets.

If your pet has advanced periodontal disease don’t despair! There are many techniques still available for saving teeth using bone grafts and moving tissue to save your pet’s important teeth.

Difficult extractions such as; canines or carnassials, damaged teeth, retained roots or resorbing teeth can be performed relatively quickly using advanced surgical techniques therefore minimising distress to your pet.

This is especially important in elderly, juvenile or unwell patients where a shorter anaesthetic time is very important or when a large number of teeth need to be extracted.

The use of local nerve block techniques and advanced pain management make recovery as smooth and comfortable as possible for your pet, with most patients returning home and eating the same day.

It is essential that good extraction techniques are used if you are planning for your pet to have an implant. If too much bone is lost during or after extraction an implant may not be possible for your pet.

As in humans, broken and damaged teeth are a source of chronic pain and infection for animals. Fractured teeth left untreated can have serious consequences for your pet. At the extreme end of this an infected tooth can cause a jaw to break or make a hole into the nasal cavity. They must be treated.

Endodontic therapy ( treatment of the inside of the tooth) is an alternative to difficult or traumatic extraction of important teeth. Your pet does not have to lose those important teeth like canines and carnassials they can often be saved and function can be retained.

Freshly broken teeth can be saved as live teeth if we can cap them in the first 2 days.  Vital pulp therapy means the tooth is encouraged to heal by using a series of layers inside the tooth and then a filling just as you would have at the dentist. Your pet can then go on to have healthy teeth all their life.

If your pet’s tooth has been broken for a longer period of time it can often still be saved by having root canal therapy just as you would for your tooth. Removing significant teeth can have adverse effects on the surrounding dentition meaning your pet will need ongoing treatment after the extraction, this means root canal therapy for some major teeth has much better outcomes for your pet than extraction.

Due to trauma, disease or unfortunate genetics your pet may have a malocclusion. This means that your pet’s teeth do not fit together in a normal way.

Often this means that one tooth hits another tooth and your pet cannot close their mouth. Or teeth may impact on the soft and hard tissues of the mouth causing damage and pain. It is not uncommon for some poor animals to have a lower canine which has made a hole right into the nasal cavity, causing chronic disease and infection in the nasal cavity.

Your pet can now have teeth moved in several ways to allow the mouth to continue to develop normally or to allow a functional bite which does not cause any pain or increased risk of periodontal disease for your pet.

Just like many children, orthodontic buttons and elastic chain are used in your pet’s mouth to move teeth into the appropriate position. Other means of moving teeth such as crown extensions and orthodontic appliances which are specifically made for each patient can be used to allow your pet to lead a happier life with a comfortable, functional mouth.

For some patients a more appropriate solution is to amputate the crown of your pet’s poorly positioned tooth and then cap the tooth preventing the impact on other areas of the oral cavity from occurring.

The aim for your pet is a pain free mouth. Orthodontics is not about making things look pretty it is about relieving pain and suffering. Nonetheless great pride is taken in making your pet’s look as good as they can…


The need for a filling due to dental caries (cavities) is uncommon. However tooth damage which has not exposed the pulp of the tooth and enamel  abnormalities in teeth are a common reason why your pet would need a restoration.

Developmental problems can lead to abnormal formation of enamel and your pet’s teeth might be discoloured or have an abnormal shape or texture to the crown. This can mean your pet’s teeth have exposure of dentine causing significant dental sensitivity and risk of tooth infection and death.

Now your pet can have comfortable teeth which are not at risk of infection by having a restorative placed. This can also have a positive effect on the control of periodontal disease helping with your pet’s long term oral hygiene.

If your pet has had enamel problems as a young animal or has had root canal therapy they may benefit from placement of a crown.

Crowns act like a thimble over your pet’s tooth protecting the tooth from the forces of chewing the best way we can.

Crowns are able to be made in a colour resembling a tooth using either porcelain fused to metal or zirconia and metal crowns are often used for their strength and because they minimise the loss of the actual tooth structure.

If you have a working dog, you may rate protection of their tooth well above the cosmetics of the tooth particularly when your dog is using their teeth every day for their job. This is where metal crowns come into their own and are used on many of the working dogs across the world.

Implants in animals are not about cosmetics. Your pet’s teeth play a pivotal role in the management of the lips, tongue, soft and hard tissues of the mouth and use of implants can resolve some of the annoying problems animals have had to put up with after teeth have been extracted.

If extractions have been performed well then an implant might be the solution to your pet’s problem with lip damage or periodontal disease.



Fractures involving teeth can be particularly challenging to repair. If small deficiencies in the angulation of the jaws occur when stabilising the fracture your pet may heal with an abnormal bite and need advanced dental care to allow them close their mouth long after the fracture has healed.

Severe post-operative complications can often be avoided by using specialised dental materials as a splint to allow healing without any invasive surgery.

Many cats who have suffered head injuries from a motor vehicle accident will require oral splinting to allow the hinge joints in the jaw to heal. There is often no other way to help them.

If your pet has an oral tumor and you want to maximise the chances of saving teeth. The unique ability for our Homebush specialist and referral veterinarians to combine knowledge from the disciplines of dentistry, surgery, radiology and oncology is something you cannot get anywhere else.

Chronic disease and congenital malformations can cause interconnecting holes to form between the oral cavity and the nasal cavity. This type of surgery can be tricky but your pet will have the best chance of primary surgical success when a referral team made up of so many disciplines is at hand.

Your pet deserves the best outcome they can get.

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