Routine Dental Cleaning
Your pet’s teeth will be cleaned and polished under general anesthesia. Your pet will receive fluids during the procedure to help prevent dehydration and help speed anesthetic recovery. A full oral exam will check for any loose, infected or damaged teeth or oral growths. After cleaning and scaling, the teeth will be treated with a fluoride solution to help decrease decay.
Preoperative blood panel
We recommend pre-surgical blood screening for all patients. This blood panel checks kidney and liver function and screens for anemia. While this information is imperative in older animals, it is often helpful in younger animals as well.
Dental radiographs are one of the most important diagnostic tools available to us. They allow the internal anatomy of the teeth, the roots and the bone that surrounds the roots to be examined. The radiation risk to the patient from taking dental radiographs is minimal. We use digital imaging systems, which significantly reduces the radiation exposure for the patient and veterinary staff present.
While we attempt to save any teeth we can, some teeth are so infected or damaged that extraction is necessary. It is often impossible to determine whether or not extractions are needed until after the tartar has been removed and radiographs have been taken. Some teeth come out quite easily while others may require an extensive amount of time to remove. Fees for extractions are calculated on a time basis.
For the pet with extensive dental disease that requires additional time to perform oral surgery.
For pets who require oral surgery, a local anesthetic is administered to prevent pain during the procedure and help reduce pain after surgery.
local anesthetic injection
Pets having extractions or other painful procedures are given analgesic medication upon awakening from anesthesia. A long acting dose is most commonly administered.
Most pets that require extractions will need to go on an antibiotic to prevent the possibility of an infection occurring. Typically, a long acting injection is given post op. This ensures compliance and relieves the pet owner from the additional worry.
If necessary, your pet may be sent home with additional antibiotics or pain medication following the dentistry.