b. Prophylactic Dentistry

3. Prophylactic Dentistry:

-Hospitalization: pets are admitted to the hospital off food for at least 8 hours. Don’t remove the water.

-Anesthesia: pets are given a general anesthesia with IV fluid and pain medication in case they need an extraction performed. Animals are closely monitored by a registered veterinary technician, a respiratory monitor, a blood pressure and a heart rate monitor.

-U/S descaling: Using a piezoelectric ultrasonic descaler and hand instruments the tartar is removed for all aspects of the teeth, with special care to clean out all under the gum or sub gingival areas. The mouth is rinsed of all debris.

-Dental Charting: Once scaled the technician inspects all pockets around the teeth to measure the periodontal pocket depth and she will look for any dental lesions.  She charts all abnormalities on a dental chart.

-Veterinarian Inspection: the veterinarian inspects the dental chart, and has a second look at the oral cavity and teeth surfaces to make sure all tartar has been removed, and no dental lesions have been overlooked.

-Extra Procedures: the veterinarian will contact the owner if permission has not already been given, before proceeding with any dental extraction, gum therapy or mass removal (e.g. benign epulis).

-Dental Polishing and Fluoride Therapy: the technician then proceeds by polishing all dental surfaces and finishes by applying a fluoride treatment for a few minutes.

Specifics of this program could only be exposed under the client only section of this website, due to professional regulation which requires a proper veterinary-client-patient relationship.

For more information click on Veterinary Oral Health council

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