Like in people, dental disease in animals can lead to problems with overall body health. The plaque that accumulates on your pet’s teeth contains millions of bacteria that can enter their bloodstream and cause low grade bacterial infections that affect the kidneys, liver and other body systems. Heavy plaque accumulation can lead to gum recession, bone loss, and eventually abscessed teeth that need to be extracted. Caring for your pet’s teeth at home by feeding foods designed to promote dental health, dental bones or treats, and regular brushing of their teeth can help immensely. Even brushing your pet’s teeth twice a week, can make a big difference.
Often a complete dental cleaning must be done first as brushing will not remove years of tartar and plaque accumulation. A complete dental scaling of all tartar above and below the gum line as well as polishing and application of a waxy protectant is performed. Dental radiographs may be taken to evaluate for periodontal bone loss and abscessed teeth. Digital dental x-ray equipment allows us to do this quickly and efficiently. When necessary our veterinarians may recommend tooth extractions, root scaling, or gingival surgery.
Middlesex County Animal Hospital recommends dental procedures and cleaning for pets that have significant plaque accumulation, gum recession, or tooth abscesses. Since these pets must be placed under general anesthesia to perform any dental procedure, pre-anesthetic blood work and other considerations will be recommended by our doctors. All dental patients will receive the same anesthetic monitoring, fluid support, and post-procedure monitoring as surgery patients. Ultrasonic scaling above and below the gum line, dental grading, and polishing will be performed in all cases. Dental radiographs may be taken to evaluate for periodontal bone loss and abscessed teeth. Back to Top
My Pet’s Surgery or Dental Procedure
- No food after midnight the evening before surgery. Water is allowed.
- Drop off you pet as close to the scheduled time as possible.
- A complete exam will be done on your pet by the doctor prior to anesthesia and any necessary blood work will be analyzed. The doctor will call with any concerns prior to anesthesia and surgery.
- After your pet’s procedure a technician or doctor will call with an update and schedule a pick up time when appropriate.
- Your pet will receive continuous post-anesthetic monitoring and pain medications as necessary.
- Many surgical and dental patients will be sent home the evening of surgery.