Below are a few important things that need to be considered when your pet is in need of routine dentistry, as well as a description of the dental prophy procedure.
ROUTINE DENTAL PROCEDURE
- Complete physical exam
- General anesthesia – a unique combination of anesthesia that is tailored to your pet including Isoflurane
- Complete oral examination- charting of missing teeth
- Removal of tartar and plaque by use of ultrasonic scaler
- Removal of bacteria and plaque under the gum line (major cause of periodontal disease)
- Polishing to remove microscopic particles on the surface of tooth
*Regularly scheduled brushing of teeth will greatly reduce the need for dental cleanings and keep your pets teeth healthy. If you would like more information or if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call.
Bloodwork should be done before anesthesia to evaluate a patient’s overall health including organ function. Pre-surgical bloodwork is included with all dental procedures.
Pets that have severe periodontal disease should be started on antibiotics a few days prior to a dental procedure to prevent harmful bacteria from negatively affecting your pet when it’s dislodged from the teeth.