[one_half first]We love teeth but we love mouths free of pain and infection even more! We are proud of our wonderful new dental machine (ultrasonic scaler, power water and air, polisher and drill) and digital dental radiograph (X-ray) capability.
The most common problem we see in our patients is dental disease. Just as you and I brush our teeth but still have to have them cleaned periodically so do our pets. Animals are smart, even if they have mouth or tooth pain they will continue eating as the alternative is starvation.[/one_half]
To do a good job of assessing the dentition and cleaning the teeth animals must be under anesthesia. Assessment starts visually, then a probe is used to check for pockets, mobility is assessed and dental radiographs are taken if indicated. 40 to 70% of the tooth is below the gum-line and dental radiographs are the only way to assess this part of the tooth.
It is no fun removing teeth but diseased teeth need to come out. Suturing closed the extraction site, local anesthesia and follow-up pain medication make this easy on your pet. Most animals are eating as soon as they wake up from anesthesia. And we are often told, oh, my gosh, he is acting like a puppy again!