Dental Care Services
Dental treatments explained.
- Oral examination at the consultation. This will identify whether your pet needs dental care – which may be home brushing and hygiene or professional cleaning.
- Oral examination under general anesthesia. We examine individual teeth for mobility, fractures, malocclusion and periodontal disease checking for pockets of infection around each tooth.
- Plaque and tartar are removed using specialised dental instruments, and ultrasonic scaling equipment from around each surface of every tooth and in between teeth.
- Scaling below the gum line. Removal of plaque and calculus from under the gums. The goal is to disorganised and flush bacteria living in this protected area. This creates a healthier environment for healing and reattachment of the gum to the root surface.
- Polishing. This smooths out the microscopic defects and removes the last of the plaque. Fine grade polishing paste is used on a polishing cup for the procedure.
- Irrigation. With irrigation, diseased tissue and plaque are removed from the pocket. A powered water spray with a dilute antiseptic is used.
- Post cleaning examination and diagnostics. After cleaning, teeth are re-examined individually to determine if x-rays are needed, and whether oral surgery must be performed.
- Charting. Charting includes missing, loose, fractured, and discoloured teeth, as well as cavities (more common in cats) and other significant lesions.
- Therapy to treat lesions noted above – this includes dental x rays, extractions and oral surgery.
- Home care instructions – You are an integral part of our dental team. The dental visit is not complete until discussion is held on maintaining and improving oral health. Home care is the single most important procedure the owner can do to maintain oral health. If performed regularly, daily brushing will dramatically increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.