What Happens During My Pet’s Dental Procedure?

By February 23, 2015Pet Talk

If a dental cleaning is needed to alleviate the pain associated with dental disease, we can assist! Let’s go over what is involved in a dental cleaning. Did you know a dental cleaning is similar in some aspects to us having our own teeth cleaned?

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Since anesthesia is used, we always start with a pre-surgical examination to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to undergo an anesthetic procedure.

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Pre-surgical bloodwork is also performed before the dental to help identify any underlying conditions that should be addressed prior to the procedure starts, and determines the type of anesthetic protocol to use.

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After reviewing the blood results, a sedative is administered, an IV catheter is placed and fluids are administered.

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Once completely under anesthesia our Veterinarian and Licensed Veterinary Technicians perform a thorough dental evaluation. Some teeth may require extraction if they are loose or badly infected.

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Following a dental evaluation, ultrasonic scaling of the is completed to remove all tartar and bacteria.

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A polish and fluoride treatment is performed, strengthening teeth and desensitizing exposed roots.

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Full mouth digital radiographs, or x-rays, are performed. This allows us to uncover any problems that cannot be seen by the naked eye, as a large portion of each tooth is located below the gum margin. The dental radiographs are reviewed by our Veterinarian to ensure that bone loss is not present.

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In some cases, additional services are required. For example:

  • Extractions are performed when a tooth is damaged or bone loss in unrepairable. during this procedure the crown and tooth root are removed.
  • Doxirobe treatment seals deep pocketing that may present in the gum line surrounding the tooth.
  • Subgingival curettage is the removal of damaged epithelial attachments, eliminating inflammation and to shrink and restore gum tissue.
  • Sealants prevent the progression of pulp exposure on teeth that are worn or broken. Pulp exposure is extremely painful and requires extraction.
  • Dental bonding is used to restore lost tooth structure or retain dental restorations


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