Our licensed veterinary technicians provide a thorough dental cleaning using an ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments. This is done under general anesthesia. They evaluate the depth of the periodontal pockets and curette (smooth) the roots of the teeth as needed, then flush the pockets with a disinfectant solution. A veterinarian may need to surgically resect (cut back) the gums if the pockets have become too deep. If the tooth is too extensively infected or eroded, or the loss of attachment too severe, then an extraction may be recommended. Dental radiographs may be needed to help determine the status of a tooth. Local nerve blocks and injectable pain medications are given together with general anesthesia when extractions are performed. This high level of preemptive pain relief allows your pet to wake up feeing comfortable.
Routine dental cleaning is an integral part of your pet’s preventive health care. Some dogs and cats may need a dentistry only once or twice in their lifetime, and some are lucky enough to maintain well on home oral care alone. Still others, however, may need dental cleaning every year, even with extensive home care. Our staff can counsel you on the best care for your pet’s dental health.