We are committed to keeping your pet’s teeth as healthy as possible. The condition of the oral cavity of each pet is different and treatments will be adjusted to fit their needs. Dental care is an essential component of a preventive healthcare plan. Quality dental care is necessary to provide optimum health and quality of life for your pet. If left untreated, diseases of the oral cavity are painful and can contribute to other local or systemic diseases.
Your pet’s visit for a Dental procedure is a lot more than removing tartar from teeth. Our goal is to restore your four-legged family member’s mouth to its normal, fresh, healthy state! Having your pet’s teeth professionally evaluated and cleaned is one of the most important medical treatments you can invest in that will result in long-term good health. It is always important to have your pet’s teeth professionally cleaned, but many times that is not the primary treatment your pet needs. Many pets have other dental problems that predispose them to an unhealthy mouth. A thorough oral exam will allow us to identify tooth malformations, malocclusions (misaligned teeth), gum disease, oral masses, and other diseases that might contribute to your pet’s dental disease
Teeth cleaning begins with removal of tartar from the crowns and is followed by cleaning the teeth below the gum line. Simply removing the tartar from the crowns makes the teeth look better, but cleaning the teeth below the gum line is extremely important for controlling dental disease. The sulcus around the teeth will be evaluated using an instrument called a periodontal probe. This measures the depth of the small pocket around each tooth and helps us determine if periodontal disease is affecting any of the teeth. Teeth will be assessed and owners will be notified if extractions are necessary, depending on the severity.
After all teeth are appropriately treated, they are polished to remove any scratches that might be present on the crown. Any teeth noted to be fractured or missing will be x-rayed. Evaluation of missing teeth is necessary to determine if they were never formed, impacted, or if the crowns are fractured and the roots were left behind to become infected. Fractured teeth are x-rayed to determine if the pulp cavity has been compromised and needs root canal therapy or extraction. Fractured teeth should never be ignored as this could lead to an abscess and possibly cause disease in other body organs (liver, kidney, heart, etc). Intraoperative and postoperative pain management will be provided for your pet’s oral health.
When we release your pet to recuperate at home you will receive instructions for home dental care, details on any medications and what to watch for in your pet’s continuing recovery.
HOME CARE AND PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE There are several ways to keep your pets teeth healthy and fresh.