What does a professional dental treatment include?
The purpose of a professional dental treatment is to remove all plaque, treat gingivitis, extract infected teeth, and halt the progression of periodontal disease. The benefit is a healthier, happier, longer lived pet with less mouth odor.
The steps of a dental procedure are as follows:
Anesthetize the Pet
To perform a thorough, safe, and comfortable dental procedure, your pet must be anesthetized. By anesthetizing your pet we are able to completely evaluate your pet’s teeth and provide pain relief for painful procedures such as extraction
Dental Exam and Charting
Identify damaged teeth and make a plan for treatment
Xray obviously Diseased Teeth
Discolored, broken and enamel damaged teeth; teeth with severe gingival recession or deep periodontal pockets.
Just like your regular human dentist, we like to take xrays in order to evaluate the tooth under the gum line. This allows us to make accurate judgments about the health of each tooth. With this knowledge, we can accurately determine the correct way to treat each tooth. Without xrays, the doctor is forced to “guess” whether an individual tooth should be removed or left in your pet’s mouth. If we make the wrong “guess” your pet could go home still suffering from an infected tooth despite the fact that his or her teeth look clean. We recommend and encourage that you allow us to perform Xrays on all suspicious or damaged teeth.
Remove Dental Tartar Remove Dental Tartar
This is performed above the gum line with an ultrasonic scaler and below the gumline with a low speed burr.
Polish and Flouride Teeth
Polishing smooths the rough surface of the tooth discouraging future tartar adherence
Perform Subgingival IrrigationPerform Subgingival Irrigation
Tissues around the teeth are irrigated with an antiseptic solution
Extraction of Diseased Teeth
We extract diseased teeth (unless you request referral for a root canal
All severely diseased teeth should be extracted or undergo root canal. Leaving these teeth in the mouth causes your pet pain and promotes liver, kidney, and heart disease. Many teeth are so diseased that extraction is the only option. Some teeth may be salvaged with a root canal. When you sign your pet in for the dental procedure, you will designate whether you wish salvageable teeth to be referred for root canal or extracted.
Clean and Treat Periodontal Pockets Clean and Treat Periodontal Pockets
This can be done with a dental scaler. We prefer to treat all pockets with an antibiotic product called Doxirobe. Doxirobe promotes pocket healing and discourages progression of the pocket