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.
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.