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.