Comprehensive Dental Program

By the age of 3 - 5 years old the majority of cats and dogs have mild to moderate dental disease and would benefit from a comprehensive exam and treatment. Dental hygiene can reduce bad breath, promote better overall health, decrease pain & increase longevity.

What We Offer

Our comprehensive dental program includes an oral exam, assessment, cleaning and treatment while under general anesthesia. The assessment includes radiographs to evaluate the teeth below the gum line (where the majority of damage, infection and pain is found). Professional cleaning includes hand scaling and scraping the tooth below the gum line & polishing (to smooth out any microabrasions). Treatment of damage and infection may include oral surgery & repair.

This service will remove visible tartar and leave the teeth looking clean. Digital dental X-Rays will be taken to assess the tooth below the gum line. This is where tooth disease (infection, fractures and root disease) as well as the source of pain are found. We have found that dental and periodontal disease can only be effectively addressed while the pet is fully anesthetized.

A dental estimate will be provided to the client before the procedure. Preoperative blood work is recommended and will be included in this estimate. We can take blood before the dental, or the day of the procedure.

After the Surgery

After the dental procedure most animals may take 12 - 24 hours to recover from general anesthesia. During this time they may be a little sleepy or sore. If oral surgery was performed, absorbable sutures were likely used. The gingivae will take about 10 - 14 days to heal and the sutures will resorb in two to three weeks. During the recovery period it is imperative that the animal is not allowed to chew on bones/toys and is fed a soft food to prevent suture or healing complications. At the recheck exam the Veterinarian will discuss options to maintain dental health and preventative care.

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Dog Teeth Cleaning at Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital