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Proper dental care is very important in dogs and cats. Just like us, they are susceptible to plaque build-up which becomes mineralized calculus. Lack of attention to teeth and gums can lead to gingivitis, periodontitis, bone infection, dental abscess, and tooth loss. Besides the unpleasant odor, oral disease is painful and can lead to disease in other parts of the body such as the liver, kidneys and heart.
Almost all dental procedures in dogs and cats require anesthesia, since pets will never allow work on the inside surface of teeth, below the gum line, or extractions without being anesthetized. We utilize the safest available gas anesthetics and administer oxygen during the entire dental procedure. Using the most modern equipment, the patient's vital signs are monitored throughout the entire procedure. Consistent with our emphasis on patient safety, our equipment and staff monitor your pet's heart rate, blood oxygen level, exhaled carbon dioxide (one of the most valuable anesthetic parameters), blood pressure and core body temperature.
We recommend an annual dental exam and regular teeth cleaning as needed to preserve your pet's healthy teeth and gums. Our dentistry services for dogs and cats include:
- Complete Dental and Oral Cavity Exam
- The most up-to-date methods of anesthesia, patient monitoring and pain management protocols
- Scaling and Root Planing below the gum line
- Polishing of the teeth (after scaling)
- Dental Extractions as needed
- Oral Surgery
- Periodontal Disease Treatments
- Gingivectomy when appropriate
- Gingival Tumor Removal
- Gingival Flap Procedures
The Dental Procedure
Proper cleaning of the teeth requires complete cooperation of the patient so that tartar on the cheek and tongue sides of the teeth may be removed. A general anesthetic is used to permit doing a thorough job. The veterinarian will perform a physical exam prior to the procedure to check your pets general health. However, because there is always the possibility that a physical exam alone may not identify all health problems, we recommend that pre-anesthetic blood tests be performed within 60 days of the procedure. We will use the information obtained from these tests to tailor an anesthetic protocol especially for your pet so that it will be as safe and comfortable as possible during the dental procedure.
First, pre-anesthetic tranquilizer/ analgesic drugs are given to your pet. Next, an I.V. catheter is placed and the general anesthetic is administered. Our trained technical staff will then clean and polish the teeth under the supervision of our doctors and registered veterinary technicians. The mouth will be examined for any signs of infected or loose teeth, gingival tumors, or other lesions. Once these issues have been addressed, the mouth is given a last rinse with an antiseptic solution.
Your pet will awaken in our intensive care area under direct supervision, and will be monitored for any signs of pain or discomfort following the procedure.
- No food or treats after 8pm the night before the procedure
- The staff will discuss discharge times and aftercare instructions.
- When you bring your pet in for dentistry, you will need 5 to 7 minutes to fill out paperwork and
- Once home, allow an hour or two for your pet to unwind after the hospital visit and car ride
- Start by offering a small amount of water. If this is well tolerated, a small meal can generally
- We will send pain medication home for your pet if we foresee that he/she will need them
- Posture: drooping of the head
- Temperament: aggression, guarding of the mouth or head, avoidance of social interaction,
- Movement: reluctance to move, prolonged lying or sitting, or acting tender,
- Appetite: decrease in food or water intake
Home Dental Care
Routine Home Dental Care will help preserve your pet's "pearly whites" between dental cleanings.
- Dental Food, Treats and Chews - Feeding a dental diet, or dental treats or chews to your pet
- Rinses - Oral rinses help kill bacteria and prevent tartar.
- Brush - Brushing your pet's teeth regularly with a toothbrush and pet tooth paste is