Dental procedures and operations are some of the most frequently performed at Animal Doctors International. It should be noted at ALL dental procedures in animals require full general anaesthesia and as such have an inherent risk associated. Generally there are two types of procedures that are undertaken.
This is the performance of a routine check-up for the teeth as well as de-scaling (both manual and ultrasonic) to remove tartar and plaque followed by polishing. The aim of this procedure is to maintain good oral hygiene for your pet and prevent dental disease. This is similar to the procedure carried out by dentists and should be done on a regular basis in conjunction with other prophylactic measures such as:
We can advise you if your pet would benefit from a dental prophylaxis.
This is undertaken when dental disease is identified on clinical examination and is a more complex procedure frequently involving the extraction of affected teeth. Initially the teeth are cleaned as per a dental prophylaxis and then re-examined: severely damaged, loose or problem teeth are identified and are removed. In the more serious cases of dental disease the vet may also recommend radiographs / biopsy of gum tissue/lymph nodes or blood tests e.g. kidney profile and viral tests in cats. Your pet may also be given antibiotics and pain killers.
After the dental has been performed the mouth will be sensitive and you may well see some blood. Feed soft food (soak any dry food) as advised by the veterinarian (normally for 3-7 days). Always finish any course of medication and attend follow-up consultations. Once the mouth has healed start preventative dental health care such as toothpastes, gels, toys and chews. If you would like a prescription diet to aid in the prevention of dental disease then ask the veterinarian.