Good oral care makes a huge difference to every small animal’s life. Here at Avenida Pet Clinic we encourage our clients to start early with dental care, through the use of teeth-cleaning techniques for both dogs and cats. It’s not only important for keeping your pet smiling happily, but protects the other organs from the complications that can go hand-in-hand with dental problems.
Common signs of dental disease include:
Red and swollen gums
Changes in eating or chewing habits
Pawing at the face
Eating to one side or dropping food out of the mouth
The good news about dental disease is that it can be prevented and / or treated, using both home and veterinary dental care. We are committed to helping you learn about the dental care your pet needs, from home teeth brushing, dental diets proven to prevent tartar, to in-clinic dental care including x-rays of the teeth, and oral surgery when it’s recommended.
Dental procedure at Avenida Pet Clinic
a step by step look into what happens during your pet’s dental procedure
First the pet is thoroughly assessed and prepared for general anaesthesia. This where the AHT and assistants place the IV catheter, check vital signs and administer premedication. Blood tests are also performed if needed.
After the pet is anaesthetised, full mouth digital dental radiographs are taken. This is very important step as a lot of dental lesions are below are below the gum line and cannot be found during oral exam.
After radiographs are completed, Dr. Milcius assesses them and takes notes on any lesions or other abnormal finding.
The next step is to probe the teeth for any periodontal pockets, gum loss, tooth lesions, and do a through exam for any pathology.
After the oral assessment is completed, local anaesthetic is administered and unhealthy teeth are extracted. After the extractions are done, the gums are closed with absorbable sutures.
Once the doctor is finished the extractions, the technician scales and cleans the teeth using both ultrasonic and hand scaling tools. After scaling is completed, the teeth are polished and rinsed.