The treatment of dental disease in dogs and cats has become more refined and successful.
Studies have shown that 75%-85% of all pets over the age of six years have some form of periodontal disease. Early treatment is essential to prevent further damage to the structures in the mouth. Studies have also shown that pets who have good dental hygiene live an average of 4-5 years longer. That is because dental plaque and tartar cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream through the gums and cause damage over time to their vital internal organs.
Our veterinarians and technicians regularly attend continuing education classes in veterinary dentistry enabling us to utilize the most current preventative procedures. Many of our licensed technicians are specially trained and have received additional certification in performing dental procedures. If your pet has bad-smelling breath or you have noticed a decrease in his appetite, it is time to have a dental exam.
A tartar-free mouth makes for fresh breath and a happier healthier pet!
Teeth Cleaning Procedure at OPVMC
All dental visits require admission to the hospital, as your pet will need to be anesthetized. Prior to administering anesthesia, the doctor will examine your pet as well as conduct preoperative organ testing (blood tests) and evaluate his or her bite, to identify any abnormal wear patterns, or instance of oral cancer.
Dental procedures at OPVMC include the following:
- Oral examination of each tooth under anesthesia
- Dental x-rays (*necessary in some instances)
- Extractions may be recommended for severely diseased teeth
- Calculus removal from the visible part of the teeth
- Sub-gingival (below-the-gum-line) scaling, root planning, and curettage where indicated
- Tooth polishing
- Fluoride application
- A post-cleaning exam (and radiographs if needed)
- Dental charting to keep a record of abnormalities
- Therapy (if necessary)
We also provide each client with a set of home care instructions for maintaining good oral care at home after the dental cleaning. We will provide an opportunity to answer any questions prior to the discharge of the pet. Our goal is to provide your pet with the highest level of dental care possible.
If you have any questions about our dental services, you can contact us at (716) 662-6660 or e-mail us any questions you may have by clicking here.