All pets are at risk for developing dental problems. Ignoring the condition of your pet's teeth can lead to periodontal disease, loss of teeth or other internal health problems such as heart, liver or kidney failure. Once plaque is formed on the teeth, tartar will develop between the tooth and gum, allowing bacteria access to the tissues and bone that support the tooth. Bacteria can also spread through the bloodstream to organs like the kidney and heart. Preventative care can reduce the development of periodontal disease and help maintain your pet's overall health throughout its life. After each dental we will recommend a home care plan specific to your pets' needs, so you can maintain a healthy and happy pet starting at home. We use both ultrasonic and subgingival scalers to clean the teeth above and below the gum line. After the mouth is examined and the teeth cleaned, we polish the teeth to smooth the surface and prevent additional build-up of plaque. A fluoride foam treatment is applied to help strengthen and desensitize the tooth enamel. A base sealant is then applied to help slow the formation of plaque on the teeth. A technician will go over specific instructions for your pet when they are discharged as well as give you a dental home care kit so you can continue proper dental care at home.
To properly clean your pets' teeth, your pet will need to be fully anesthetized. We regulate the affects of anesthesia by monitoring your pet's heart rate and oxygen level by using a pulse oximeter. We use a very safe and short-acting gas anesthetic and your pet is awake and ready to go home the same day as the procedure. Because they are going to be anesthetized, we will have you withhold food from your pet after 9:00 PM the night before the dentistry. Water is okay for them to drink.
Extractions will be done as needed for your pet. If it is a major extraction, a local block can be performed in the area of the tooth to minimize discomfort. Many times we do not know if there will be extractions until we have your pet anesthetized, have started cleaning the teeth, and checked the dental x-rays. If you wish, we can contact you prior to performing any extractions on your pet. We can discuss these details with you the morning of the procedure.
Pain medication will be given as needed during and after the procedure. It is usually needed with extractions; aiding with healing and relieving any discomfort from inflammation.