Pet Dental Care

Pet Dental Care in North Charleston Pets are like people in many ways, including their need for regular dental care. If a pet’s oral health is neglected, the result can be far more than just unpleasant odors. It can eventually lead to gum and tooth disease. In fact, more than half of all dogs and cats have some form of gum disease by just 3 years of age. Left untreated, this disease can affect the internal organs, putting a pet’s life at risk.

Our approach to dental care is designed not only to treat existing oral problems but also to help prevent periodontal disease from ever developing. Regular wellness examinations, education about home dental care, and routine professional cleanings are essential to this approach.

Our professional dental services include:

  • Pre-anesthetic blood work (recommended for all pets, but required for animals 8 years of age and older)
  • General anesthesia
  • IV fluid therapy and monitoring
  • Full mouth dental digital X-rays
  • Ultrasonic cleaning
  • Periodontal surgery/extractions (if necessary)
  • Comprehensive pain control, when needed, including oral nerve blocks
  • Polish and antimicrobial rinse
  • Education about home dental care following professional cleaning
Pet Dentistry in North Charleston

During Your Pet’s Dental Treatment

Your pet will be admitted to the hospital the morning of the day the procedure is scheduled. In order to perform your pet’s dental cleaning (prophylaxis), we will administer general anesthesia. This allows a more thorough oral examination as well as a more successful cleaning and treatment of the teeth and gums. To read more about why pet dentistry should be performed under general anesthesia, please visit www.avdc.org/dentalscaling.html. Full-mouth digital dental X-rays enable us to more effectively evaluate tooth health above and below the gumline. If any badly infected, painful, or loose teeth are found either during the oral examination or upon viewing the X-rays, the veterinarian can extract them surgically. In this case, comprehensive pain control will be administered.

A licensed veterinary technician will then begin cleaning the teeth using an ultrasonic scaler. This removes plaque and tartar on the exposed surfaces of the teeth as well as underneath the gumline. After the cleaning is completed, the teeth are polished and antimicrobial rinse is applied to the entire mouth.

You will be notified upon completion of your pet’s dental procedure and will be able to pick them up later in the afternoon once they have fully recovered from anesthesia. Upon dismissal, we will provide you with tips on how to care for your pet’s teeth at home, including the best brushing techniques, treats, and chew toys. We will also give you before-and-after photos of your pet’s mouth.

Really appreciated the way Dr. Jon explained some things to me about my girl. He was a breath of fresh air! Very happy. Welcome to our world, Dr. Jon! Staff is fantastic–thank you for being so good to us!

-Lisa F.