Dental Cleaning is the procedure to remove alculus (hardened tartar) from the crown of the tooth as well as under the gumline using an ultrasonic scaler. Once the teeth are cleaned, they are polished to ensure they are smooth.
Dental Radiographs are necessary to identify and diagnose dental disease under the gumline. These are performed during every dental cleaning.
Doxirobe Gel is an antibiotic that in some cases can be placed under the gum line of a tooth with a periodontal pocket in an effort to preserve the life of the tooth.
Composite Sealants can protect chipped or fractured teeth from sensitivity if the nerve is not exposed. In most cases if the pet needs a composite sealant we can do this at the time of the dental cleaning. If the nerve is exposed, we will recommend extracting that tooth as it is very painful for the pet.
Extractions are performed when the veterinarian has determined that a tooth is severely diseased and/or broken and needs to be removed for the health and safety of the pet. We make every effort to save a tooth if it viable and only recommend extractions when they are medically necessary.
We often identify dental problems after our patients are anesthetized that we were unable to identify while they were awake during a previous exam. While we do save all viable teeth, sometimes composite sealants, doxirobe gel, or extractions are necessary. It is imperative that we have a number where we can contact you at anytime during the procedure.