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At Best Friends Animal Hospital if we examine your pet and note bad breath, tartar buildup or gingivitis, we will recommend a dental cleaning. A complete dental cleaning requires removal of tartar and plaque under the gum line and this can only be done under general anesthesia. This means your pet will spend the day in the hospital.
About the Anesthesia?
We use isoflurane inhalant (gas) anesthesia as the safest anesthesia available. We also have an intravenous catheter placed and we administer fluids during surgery to ensure a safe anaesthetic and a smooth recovery
What will be done to my pet's teeth?
First any buildup is removed with high-speed dental equipment. Next the teeth are evaluated for periodontal disease, such as pockets in the gum tissue or loose teeth. Then the teeth are polished. Finally, a fluoride treatment is applied to strengthen the tooth enamel.
What if gingivitis is present or pockets are found?
These conditions are often complicated by bacterial infection and an antibiotic will be prescribed. Deep pockets will require extractions. Your veterinarian or Animal Health Technologist will discuss this with you.
What if there are diseased or loose teeth?
Some loose teeth may be extracted if there is no hope of saving the tooth.
How much does it cost?
We will be happy to give you an estimate, which includes anesthesia, hospitalization, dental cleaning and polishing, fluoride treatment, and any antibiotic medications, or pain relief medications that may be required.
Will there be additional charges?
We recommend that all patients have a pre-surgical blood screen – to check the blood cells and test the liver and kidney function before anesthesia is administered. Also any extractions would involve additional charges.
What can I do at home to keep my pet's teeth healthier?
At Best Friends we carry a number of products that will help prevent dental disease; we carry pet toothbrushes, toothpaste and gel for brushing the teeth, we also have “StrixNB”, an additive for the drinking water to help prevent gingivitis, canine and feline “Enzadent Chews”, which can all be used in a home care program to keep the teeth cleaner and healthier. We also carry a diet, Hill's T/D for Dogs and Cats that is helpful in preventing tartar buildup.
What if I don’t have a dental done on my pet?
*ADVANCED DENTAL DISEASE=PAIN*
In addition to the bad smell (halitosis), tartar and gingivitis can lead to tooth abscesses, loose or missing teeth, unwillingness to eat, and generalized mouth pain if left unattended. It can also lead to more systemic (body-wide) diseases, such as bacterial infections which are carried through the bloodstream to the heart, kidneys and other organs. Remember that dogs “suffer in silence” with a painful mouth. Think of how you feel with a toothache!
For more information, please check out www.petdental.com.