If we have diagnosed your pet with dental disease we will likely recommend a dental clean.This is a very common procedure and is essential in treating dental disease. If your pet is having a dental procedure there are a few things you need to know:
A general anaesthetic is required
We can't ask our pets to say “open wide" while we have a look around. To make sure we are able to clean all the teeth and to do it safely and effectively, a general anaesthetic is required. Your pet must be anaesthetised so we can properly examine the entire tooth. This includes the inner surface and all of the teeth right up the back to the mouth that you can’t see when your pet is awake.
We use very similar equipment to human dentist
In some cases this is the exact same equipment! A scaling device is used to remove any plaque that is stuck to the teeth and the teeth are individually polished. We may recommend x-rays so we can assess the bony structures around the tooth. This provides your pet with gold standard dental care.
Extractions may be necessary
In some cases, bacteria may have already damaged the structures of the tooth, exposing roots and nerves. This is painful so it is best we remove any diseased teeth. A fractured tooth may also require extraction. Antibiotics, pain relief and a diet of soft and chunky food may be needed until the extraction sites have healed.
As involved as it may sound, a dental procedure will ensure your pet is happier, healthier and most importantly, pain free.
We are always happy to answer any questions you have about your pet's dental procedure.