Dentistry and Digital Dental X Ray
Tooth and gum infections are the most common problem in our pets, and if left untreated can shorten their lives by as much as five years. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of three. Here is what this means for your pet:
- Bad breath = mouth disease.
- Untreated gum infections lead to bone infection and tooth loss.
- Infection from the mouth gets into the bloodstream and can spread throughout the body and cause disease in the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys.
Dental disease is both preventable and treatable. Our dental procedures are very different from what you may find at most other veterinary hospitals. Here is what sets us apart:
- A pre-anesthetic blood panel to check for hidden health problems.
- Anesthetic and pain medications tailored to your pet's individual needs. This helps to ensure a safe and pain free procedure for your pet.
- Pre-op medications to keep your pet relaxed prior to his or her procedure. This allows us to use a lower level of gas anesthetic for an extra level of safety, especially in older pets.
- An intravenous catheter and fluid therapy during anesthesia for a safer, faster recovery.
- Strict monitoring and careful hands-on attention by a nurse who will be with your pet throughout the entire procedure and recovery.
- Your pet’s teeth are checked for pockets, charted, and ultrasonically cleaned .
- Dental X-rays show disease hidden below the gum line. Many problems are not visible without this important step and specialized treatment is based on the findings.
- The teeth are polished to remove microscopic plaque and tartar. This prevents buildup from returning as quickly.
- Fluoride treatment followed by the application of a dental sealant, Orovet® which has been shown to significantly reduce plaque buildup