Dental Care and Dental X-rays
Your pet's teeth, gums, tongue and mouth will be assessed at every visit with the veterinarian. During that assessment, they will be looking at the amount of tartar and plaque build up, as well as looking for broken or chipped teeth, gum recession or oral tumors. Sometimes to keep your pet healthy, a professional dental assessment under anesthesia may be necessary. In fact, 85% of pets have some form of dental disease by the age of 3 years.Dental disease can be very painful and lead to the loss of teeth and to serious health conditions that can affect organs like the kidneys, liver and the heart.
Here is what happens in a typical professional veterinary dental assessment and cleaning at My Pet'sVeterinary Center:
We use state of the art equipment such as our ultrasonic scaler to remove any buildup on the surface of all the teeth. Using this tool,we are able to go below the gum line where gingivitis starts.
Dogs have 42 adult teeth and cats have 36 - all of these teeth get evaluated visually and with a probe.
Radiographs (x-rays) are taken of all teeth to assess the internal structure and detect any unforeseen problems. Additionally, many dental problems are below the gum line which cannot be seen by just visual examination.
The teeth are polished with a high-speed rotating rubber cup
If a tooth is judged non-salvageable, surgical extraction is performed
A fluoride treatment is applied to the dental enamel.
An optional sealant named Sanos can be applied to provide protection from plaque and tartar buildup for up to 6 months
In case of extractions, we may give more than one type of pain medication. A local anesthetic is always given to numb the extraction site. This blocks the pain and decreases the need for general anesthesia.Anesthetic blocks also allow for a smoother and painless recovery after anesthesia; the blocks subside within a few hours after the procedure.
A complementary dental kit to help you with dental care is provided for each patient at the time of discharge or at the dental recheck with a technician 10-14 days later. The recheck will be scheduled only if your pet had oral surgery and is at no additional cost. We want to ensure your pet's mouth has completely healed.