Our pets, like us, need regular dental care. Gentle Vets recommend comprehensive dental care including routine brushing. Periodontal disease is observed in over 50% of cats and 85% of dogs over the age of 3 and requires professional treatment. Gum disease causes pain, decreased appetite, tooth loss and can lead to serious infections. We provide regular periodontal cleaning and endodontic (root canal) and restorative care (crowns) if necessary. Oral health is so important we provide cleaning free with our Optimum Wellness Plans!
All pets undergoing dental procedures are treated with the same care as animals undergoing general surgery. To guarantee the safest outcome, Gentle Vets requires all patients undergoing an anesthetic procedure to have a pre-operative health exam, a diagnostic blood panel, and an electrocardiogram (ECG) to make sure they will be able to handle the anesthesia safely. Each pet will have an individualized anesthetic protocol depending on their health and condition, especially older animals. Our anesthetics and sedatives include the latest and safest injectable and inhalant medications. All of our staff are extensively trained in anesthetic monitoring. Our safety record for anesthesia for dental procedures is impeccable. It is our goal to maintain that excellent record. The following are reasons why anesthesia or deep sedation is necessary for oral examination and dental procedures:
- Humans cooperate during dental procedures, however, without anesthesia or deep sedation, dogs and cats do not.
- Any sudden movement can cause injury to the animal or to the individual performing the procedure.
- You pet’s dental tartar is firmly attached to the surface of the teeth and needs to be removed through ultrasonic scaling. The ultrasonic sound necessary to clean teeth properly is naturally irritating to pets, just as it is to you. This procedure is unfamiliar to every dog and cat. Scaling is performed both above and below the gumline which is usually necessary. This may cause discomfort but is very important to be done, because this is where periodontal disease begins. Also, if needed, tooth extractions are performed in severe tooth decay situation.
- Watch below to see oral surgery to remove canine tooth:
After your pet is anesthetized it is possible to fully examine your pet’s mouth with a comprehensive dental exam. This includes visual examination, periodontal probing and whole mouth radiographs. Many if not most dental issues are hidden either inside the tooth or under the gum line so dental radiographs are essential to detect and treat pain causing abscesses to remain undetected. As anyone who has had a toothache knows, they hurt! We want your pet to live a pain free life. Call us to set up an appointment to get your pet’s oral health on track!