The Dental Exam and Cleaning
The dental exam and cleaning are performed under general anesthesia for a safe and thorough procedure. Whenever anesthesia is used, we take many steps to assure the safest possible procedure, including pre-anesthetic laboratory tests, IV fluid support, and blood pressure monitoring, as well as pulse and blood oxygen monitoring on all patients.
The patient’s teeth are cleaned of plaque and calculus, and the tooth enamel is polished, followed by a fluoride treatment to further protect the teeth and strengthen enamel.
Our digital dental x-ray system allows near-instant radiographic views on the non-visible areas of the teeth. This invaluable tool is critical for identifying hidden, often painful problems.
Our veterinarians are trained at dental surgical procedures such as extractions of broken, loose, diseased, or painful teeth.
If oral surgery is needed, careful attention is paid to managing pain using local anesthetic nerve blocks and other analgesic approaches. Often, medication is sent home after the procedure to help minimize any discomfort.
Finally, a careful charting of any concerns or treatments of the teeth is made for future reference and follow up.
Home Dental Care
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums in pets can be a simple and enjoyable process for both the animals and their owners. The professionals at Redwood Veterinary Hospital offer assistance and training to pet owners in establishing a home care regimen that meets their needs.
Good dental hygiene is an investment in your pet, paying off in your animal companion living a longer, healthier life free from pain.
Enjoy Dr. Huebner’s article answering your questions about Pet Dental Disease.
Dr. Erin Wright is skilled in canine and feline medicine with a special interest in veterinary dentistry. For more information about pet dental care or to schedule a dental appointment today, contact Redwood Veterinary Hospital at 707-553-1400.
Redwood Veterinary Hospital offers excellence in small animal health care.