Periodontal disease is one of the most common disorders seen in our patients. Once identified, the veterinarian will discuss with you the level/grade of disease present, review the procedure of dental prophylaxis (cleaning) and whether there appears to be a need for extraction(s) of non-viable teeth.
A dental procedure in pets is different than people since general anesthesia is required. Before any anesthetic procedure takes place at Noah’s Ark Veterinary Hospital, a complete physical examination is performed and laboratory testing done to evaluate the internal organ function. Patients are monitored throughout the entire dental procedure by an experienced veterinary technician, while simultaneously sophisticated monitoring equipment measures heart rate and rhythm, body temperature, blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.
A veterinary technician will stay with your pet during anesthetic recovery, and your doctor will contact you after the procedure to let you know what was found and how your pet is doing.
Several hours after admission, your pet will be discharged with instructions for home care. All patients should return for a complimentary visit and dental cleaning supplies 2 weeks after the procedure. At that time, we will review strategies for home dental care to minimize the need for future dental procedures.
Digital Dental Imaging
Radiography is critical for the accurate evaluation of periodontal disease, as 60% of disease is hidden below the gum line. As part of every dental procedure, dental imaging is recommended; for those with severe dental disease, full-mouth imaging is always included in the procedure. This allows our doctors to fully evaluate the extent of disease and treat accordingly through viewing what’s happening below the gum line.