What Happens with a Professional Dental Cleaning at All Care Veterinary Hospital
This is Gauge and Gregg. (Gregg is on the left)
Gauge has blood drawn for analysis to
identify any potential problems that the veterinarian needs to be aware of and
to determine if he is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia.
An IV catheter is placed in order to provide fluid support during the procedure and for venous access in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Gauge is anesthetized. This is what often worries most pet owners, however, with proper protocols anesthesia is very safe.
Gauge is constantly monitored before, during, and immediately following anesthesia.
Next a complete oral exam is performed and radiographs (x-rays) are obtained to identify any problems beneath the gum-line. (This is similar to the x-rays you might receive from your own dentist.) Common problems that may be identified with radiographs are broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, dead teeth, abscesses or infected teeth. Many of these may be causing pain for your pet.
Gauge receives a full cleaning including under the gum-line where periodontal disease lurks. It would be impossible to clean this area on an awake dog or cat, but this is where periodontal disease begins with bacteria living below the gum tissue. A veterinary cleaning includes scaling or scraping the teeth to remove plaque and calculus. Scaling is completed to remove plaque and tartar buildup on the tooth crowns or visible portion of the teeth. Last, the teeth are polished leaving a completely smooth surface of the tooth which discourages plaque and bacteria from adhering to a rough tooth surface.
All of this occurs while under anesthesia without any pain or discomfort to your pet. Gauge recovers and is awake within 10 minutes of the anesthetic being turned off.