The basis of a routine periodontal treatment is recognition and prevention of oral pathology through a comprehensive exam. We recommend dogs and cats to have an oral examination at least once a year. In some cases, more frequent examinations and care may be recommended.
We perform a five-component oral exam on every patient, which helps us identify any potential problems. We then provide a plan, treatment, and prevention.
Each patient will have blood work performed at our clinic the morning of the procedure to ensure to your pet can safely process and eliminate anesthetics. This will also verify there are no hidden illnesses present.
The blood work consists of the following tests:
Pets, unlike humans, won’t consciously tolerate oral examinations and treatments. For the safety of your pet and our staff, every dog and cat dental procedure will receive general anesthesia. Each patient will have an intravenous (IV) catheter placed and will receive IV fluids. The IV catheter will ensure a direct route to your pet’s circulatory system. IV fluids will help to balance hydration, maintain proper blood pressure, stabilize pre-existing conditions, and assist in the elimination of anesthetics.
After each tooth is examined and any abnormalities documented, each tooth will be properly cleaned both above and below the gingiva by ultrasonic cleaning and hand scaling. Each tooth will then be polished to create a smooth surface, which will slow the buildup of new plaque.
Radiographs are extremely important in every dental procedure. The portion of the tooth we can visibly see above the gingiva consists of approximately only ⅓ of the tooth. Each patient will receive a full mouth series, which will allow us to evaluate each tooth’s health and help us provide optimal treatment plans.