BluePearl Pet Hospital
Midvale, UT
Dentistry & Oral Surgery

Emergency and Specialty
Tue 8 am-Sat 6 pm
By appointment

Pet dentistry and oral surgery by BluePearl.

Treating the root of the matter – to help your pet live a longer and better life.

We understand that seeing your pet experience unusual symptoms or act out of the ordinary can be stressful – especially if you don’t know what’s wrong. Fortunately, our veterinary dentistry and oral surgery team is made up of experts in diagnosing and treating diseases of the teeth, gums and mouth, and we’re here to help. 

Our commitment is not just to treat illnesses; it’s to enhance the well-being of your pet and be with you every step of the way.

A vet specialist holds a small grey puppy wearing a cone on an exam table.

Conditions we treat.

A BluePearl anesthesiology and pain management vet prepares to fix an anesthetic facemask on a yellow lab while a vet tech helps hold the dog on the exam table.

If your pet has a dental condition, you’ll have an entire dentistry and oral surgery team helping to improve your pet’s quality of life so you can get back to what matters most – spending precious moments together.

  • Broken teeth
  • Fractured jaw
  • Gum disease
  • Bite misalignment
  • Mouth tumors
  • Mouth pain
  • Inflammation in mouth
  • Tooth resorption (loss of tooth structure from within)
  • Cavities

Services we offer.

Your pet will receive unparalleled medical care during their time at the hospital (and they’ll be spoiled with love and attention, too).

Advanced diagnostics

Your pet can’t tell us what’s wrong, so we use sophisticated diagnostics and imaging tools to uncover the source of the problem.

  • Radiography (x-rays)
  • Blood testing

Treatment plans

Just as no two patients are the same, neither are their treatment plans. Our dentistry and oral surgery team has experience with a range of advanced procedures and minimally invasive care options to get your pet on the path to wellness, including:

  • Oral surgery 
  • Root canal therapy
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Extractions
  • Periodontal disease treatment

Our board certified specialists and surgery team.

Experience makes all the difference. 

Our dentistry and oral surgery team is made up of veterinarians, vet technicians and assistants, and support staff with rigorous training and experience in specialty medicine. The team works hand in hand to provide the comprehensive, compassionate care your pet needs and deserves. Because we’re a multidisciplinary hospital, the team can consult the expertise of other specialty departments, too.

Jennifer Alterman

Board Certified in Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery

Dentistry & Oral Surgery
On the job

Dr. Jennifer Alterman’s clinical interests include severe periodontal disease, surgical oncology, orthodontics, and restorative procedures including tooth decay and crowns. Educating the public and other veterinarians on oral health is also important to her.

  • Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College
  • Residency, Dentistry and Oral Surgery, VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, Denver, CO
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Friendship Animal for Hospitals, Washington D.C.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland, College Park
Off duty

Some of Dr. Alterman’s favorite pastimes include skiing, camping, hiking and exploring national parks. She also plays the flute and piccolo. She and her husband live with two cats and and a dog.

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What to expect.

We want you to be prepared for your pet’s visit to the dentist, so you have one less thing to worry about. Our entire BluePearl team will be with you every step of the way.

Before your visit

  • Make an initial appointment by calling us directly or via referral from your pet’s primary vet. 
  • We’ll get records from your primary or emergency vet before your first visit and collaborate with them to discuss your pet’s history and current condition.

During your visit

  • When possible, we’ll examine your pet with you by their side to make them more comfortable. If additional tests are needed for a diagnosis, we’ll discuss those options with you.
  • You’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to ask questions as we go over your pet’s diagnosis together.
  • Before you leave, you’ll receive a detailed treatment plan, discharge instructions and any recommended medications. We’ll schedule a recheck appointment and make sure you’re aware of any symptoms you should watch out for at home.

After your visit

  • Our team will continue to partner with your primary veterinarian as part of the ongoing management of your pet’s care.
  • You know your pet better than anyone, and you play a crucial role in their treatment plan. If you have any concerns about providing care at home (such as giving medication, maintaining a specific diet or monitoring your pet’s symptoms), let us know – we’re here for you.