Our pet hospital is proud to offer the following veterinary dental services.
- Teeth cleaning and polishing
- Dental X-rays
- Tooth extractions
- Minor oral surgery
Pets that suffer from dental problems may have bad breath, discolored or loose teeth, red or swollen gums, drooling, and/or decreased appetite. Because dental disease is the most common disease seen in pets, it is extremely important to have your pet’s oral health evaluated routinely by a veterinarian.
If the veterinarian determines your pet is suffering from dental disease, a professional dental cleaning will be recommended. Without proper dental care and cleanings, dental disease may lead to teeth abscessation, oral pain, tooth loss, and/or infections of major organ systems, including the heart, liver and kidneys.
Routine dental cleanings are outpatient procedures. During the dental cleaning, every tooth will be evaluated and the gums will be examined for gingival pockets that could indicate periodontal disease. The tartar will be scaled away from the teeth with an ultrasonic scalier. After the teeth are cleaned, they will be polished.
To effectively clean and evaluate your pet’s teeth, anesthesia is necessary. On the day of your pet’s dental, you will be instructed to arrive at our hospital between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. At the time of check-in, you will be asked if you would like to have a pre-anesthetic blood profile and a complete blood count to ensure body functions. This is strongly recommended on patients older than 7 years of age. As with all surgeries, we do pre-medicate our patients before their procedures.
Most dogs and cats will need a dental cleaning every one to two years. Brushing your pet’s teeth at home can increase the time between professional cleanings at a veterinary hospital.