February is Pet Dental Health Month. We are celebrating by providing all dentistry services at 20% off!! Periodontal (dental) disease was the #2 top diagnosed condition in our clinic in 2015. Dental care is important for your pets! Left untreated dental disease can cause bacteria to enter the blood stream and affect other vital organs (kidney, liver, heart). Not sure if a dentistry would be recommended in your pet? We would be happy to provide a fast oral exam at no charge to better assess your pet's needs. (Please call in advance to check technician availability).
What happens during a dental?
The first thing we will do the day of the procedure is a complete physical exam - this includes listening to the heart and lungs. We then check a blood panel to assess for any underlying conditions which may be affected by sedation (such as liver/kidney issues). This also checks red/white cells. In older animals, a chest xray is also recommended prior to anesthesia.
We then use a combination of sedation/anesthesia to provide a pain-free and safe dental cleaning. Every surface of each tooth is examined, cleaned with ultrasonic scaler, and polished. Animals then are monitored during recovery.
What happens after?
Animals are a little groggy after this and any procedure. It is common to have a little bit of tenderness and blood in the saliva. If your animal requires extractions (teeth are pulled due to disease or other issues), they will be sent home with pain medications and antibiotics.
A dental cleaning is like a fresh start, but it won't last forever. We strongly recommend regular brushing, which is the best method for oral care. (Dr. Hill's cat Luna loves it!). Otherwise encouraging chewing/mouth activity can be a benefit. Many animals will need a dental cleaning more than once.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.