Over time, tartar, plaque and bacteria can adhere to teeth and create issues like inflammation, infection, and even exacerbate underlying conditions like heart and kidney disease. Although dental treats and brushing can help reduce the amount of tartar buildup, nothing can replace a full dental scaling and polish, just like in humans. It also allows us to fully examine all aspects of each tooth, including the roots using digital x-rays.
Regular dental cleanings can prevent infections leading to extractions, and gives us the opportunity to screen for painful issues like resorptive lesions (which occurs in almost 50% of cats!), fractures, and extra or poorly positioned teeth.
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Q: Does my pet need to be anesthetized for a dental cleaning?
A: Yes; we use a lot of water to scale and polish teeth. An endotracheal tube ensures that the excess fluid cannot go down the airway. Also, we need your pet to be absolutely still to take the highest quality x-rays and get the best oral exam possible.
Q: What if my pet needs an extraction?
A: Some teeth that are fractured, resorbing, or infected are a long-term source of pain for your pet. Extractions are done under general anesthesia, and local blocks are used to make sure your pet stays light under anesthesia and wakes up comfortable. Pain medication ensures they stay comfortable for the few days after healing, and most pets are more comfortable than before the procedure with the problem tooth gone!
Q: How often should my pet get a dental cleaning?
A: The rate of tartar build-up is variable with every pet. Signs that your pet may need a dental cleaning are bad breath, dropping food, excessive drooling, reddened gums or blood along the gum line. On average, pets over 4 years of age need a cleaning every 12-18 months. This may be more frequent in smaller breed dogs and cats with a history of resorptive lesions and less frequent with avid chewers.
Q: How do I schedule a dental cleaning for my pet?
A: Call or email us today! In some cases, we may recommend a pre-operative visit if your pet has an outstanding medical condition, is geriatric, or has not seen a veterinarian in a while. However, in some instances, we can perform the procedure at the same time. Every patient will get a full exam and pre-operative blood work before the procedure if it has not been done so already. We do schedule all anesthetic procedures in the morning so your pet can be fasted the night before and have the day to recover. On average, the procedure takes about 2 hours.