Pet Dental Special: Get 15% Off Pet Dentistry March 1 – 31, 2013.

What is a professional dental cleaning?

Pet Dental Health MonthFirst, your pet dog or cat will have a pre-surgical examination and blood panel to look for any underlying disease or changes in organ function. Then our veterinarians will develop an anesthetic plan for your pet based on their size, age and overall health.

Our anesthesia protocols are safe and effective, and use medication similar to those you would receive at a human hospital. Throughout the procedure, the doctor or a trained veterinary technician monitors your pet’s heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate with sophisticated anesthetic monitoring equipment. The technician uses an ultrasonic scaler to remove tarter buildup (an accumulation of hardened plaque and bacteria) above and below the gum line.

Pet's teeth before dental services   Pet's teeth after dental services
These before and after pictures are typical for pets with
moderate periodontal disease.

After scaling, the doctor examines your pet’s gums to find any evidence of disease and records any problem areas in their medical record. Any missing or fractured teeth are noted. Dental x-rays (just like your dentist!) are taken to assess the tooth, roots and surrounding bone. The teeth are then polished to smooth them and help prevent future tartar build-up. Your pet’s vital signs are monitored during recovery from anesthesia, and after the procedure any necessary pain medications or antibiotics are administered.

Following the dentistry, we will schedule your pet for a complimentary medical progress exam so the doctor can check that any areas with disease or extracted teeth are healing well. At that appointment, our dental technician will review home care to keep your pet’s mouth healthy after their procedure.

Please contact us with any questions at 815-485-4477. We look forward to seeing you soon!