Proper Dental Care

All of our certified technicians have advanced training in dental cleaning and dental radiology, and we use the most advanced veterinary dental equipment. Our dental treatment plans include:

  • Pre-dental examinations and blood laboratory evaluation
  • Dental charting of procedures is done as established by the American Veterinary Dental Association
  • Continuous monitoring of blood pressure, electrocardiogram (heart activity), oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.
  • “Bair Hugger” are heated warm-air pillows used for your pet’s comfort and to keep their body temperatures up during dental or surgical procedures.
  • Isoflurane and Sevoflurane gas anesthesia used for safety
  • Dental probing and charting for all dental abnormalities
  • Digital Dental Radiology is used to evaluate root health
  • Laser or radio-surgical units used to remove any oral masses, to minimize bleeding and decrease pain

The Dental Cleaning Process

The mouth is flushed with an antibacterial solution prior to dental scaling. Teeth are scaled with an im3 ultrasonic tooth scaler that adopts a more gentle rotational movement to remove tooth plaque. Unlike other scalers that use a “jack hammer” approach to tooth cleaning, this scaler achieves a highly polished finish on the tooth with less enamel damage. We polish teeth with a flour pumice that is gentler and restores a smoother enamel surface.

Fluoride application follows the dental procedure.

If questionable health in a tooth is found, digital dental radiographs can be taken to evaluate the tooth root. More teeth are saved than lost when digital radiography is used, eliminating the “guess work” regarding tooth extraction or retention. If a tooth is extracted, we minimize trauma to the bone by splitting the tooth roots with an air-driven high-speed drill, similar to the one used by your dentist. This makes extraction much less traumatic and safer, with less pain to your pet.

All deep tooth pockets are closed with gum flaps and sutured to prevent food impaction in the boney pockets and nasal cavities post extractions. Post extraction pain is controlled with both oral and local anesthetic nerve blocks. Antibiotics are administered to prevent systemic infection.

You can count on our doctor’s constant supervision and involvement throughout any procedure. Most patients go home the same day, and our technicians call you within 48 hours to follow up on how your pet is doing.

We pride ourselves on using the safest and gentlest techniques with the most advanced equipment available in veterinary medicine. We consider this an obligation to our patients and clients.


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Treatment Cost

Plans vary from simple cleaning and polishing the teeth to more complex and involved treatment procedures. Costs are very difficult to quote because of the great variability of dental disease a patient may possess. We establish our plans based on your pet’s personal dental score evaluation, grades I-IV as established by the American Veterinary Dental Association. Our treatment plans will provide a dollar range for the proceudre. The actual costs are set according to the severity of the dental disease and we try to include everything that could be involved to treat your pet’s level of dental disease.

Remember, not all of the procedures on the treatment plan may need to be done but are included in the event that your pet’s treatment may require them according to their dental score. If costs appear to be deviating from the treatment plan because of unexpected findings during the dental care process, we make every effort to inform you prior to proceeding. This is why it is so important that we be able to contact you at the time of the procedure.

If you have any questions about our dental procedures and treatment plans, feel free to discuss them with the doctor at your next visit or call the clinic at 309-346-1375.