Pet Dental Cleaning

What is included in a cleaning?

It is common for pet owners to only be able to judge medical services for their pets based off a price. Many owners do not know the correct questions to ask to be sure their pet is receiving the best care possible. We want to educate pet owners on what is involved when choosing to have us perform your pet’s dental cleaning that way decisions do not have to be based on cost of services alone.

Examination

Pet dental care starts with an oral examination by the veterinarian. Not only will this allow the veterinarian to obtain a general idea of the condition of your pet’s mouth, but allow owners to ask questions and learn more about the importance of dental care.

Blood work

Prior to any anesthetic procedure, laboratory work will be recommended to evaluate your pet’s internal organ function and identify any potential problems that the veterinarian needs to be aware of and determine if your pet is able to undergo anesthesia.

Anesthesia monitoring

All patients under anesthesia are monitored by a trained veterinary assistant. The assistant will monitor blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, end tidal carbon dioxide, electrocardiogram, respiratory and body temperature. All patients are kept warm with warming blankets.

IV fluids

Intravenous (IV) fluids are administered to all patients under anesthesia. IV fluids help maintain blood pressure as well as provide IV access for additional medications if they are required during the procedure.

Dental x-rays

Dental radiographs are one of the most important diagnostic tools available to a veterinary dentist. They allow the internal anatomy of the teeth, the roots and the bone that surrounds the roots to be examined. It is common for a patient referred for one specific problem to have additional oral problems – these may only become apparent if full-mouth radiographs are made. Full-mouth radiographs also establish a base-line for future comparison.

Oral surgery

Oral surgery can be gingival hyperplasia to tooth extractions that require suturing to close. Hyperplasia is overgrowth of the gum tissue. Either surgery or laser is required to correct the overgrowth of the gum tissue. Tooth extractions that may be required is separate from the dental cleaning. After the tooth is extracted, the opening on the gum line will need to be sutured and may often require additional medication and treatment after the procedure, such as pain medication or antibiotics.

Cleaning

A full cleaning under the gum line will be performed, which is impossible to clean with the pet awake. The gum line is where the bacteria that causes periodontal disease lives. After the gum line has been cleaned, your pets teeth will be scaled (scraped) and polished. Scaling removes the plaque build up and polishing the teeth leaves a smooth surface on the tooth. Without being polished, the teeth are left with groves on the surface, allowing bacterial plaque to build up quicker.

Recovery

Your pet is monitored until they are recovered from anesthesia. Your pet will be able to go home the same day of the cleaning and will be able to eat and return to normal activities.