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Dental Prophylaxis

Clean teeth are one step to a healthier, happier pet. We perform dental prophylaxis routinely on dogs and cats, using ultrasonic instruments. Each dental consists of scaling and polishing the teeth, an oral exam, and an application of a fluoride treatment. In addition, as part of our standard for optimal patient care, all dentals include pre-anesthetic lab work, a pre-anesthetic exam, IV catheter placement, cardiopulmonary monitoring, and full mouth radiographs.

Oral disease is a common health problem affecting 75% of dogs and cats over the age of three. Left untreated, oral disease can lead to:

  • Bad breath
  • Pain
  • Tooth decay or loss
  • Metabolic disease (kidney and liver problems)

Practicing good dental health improves your pet’s quality of life.

Common signs of oral disease

  • Bad breath
  • Tartar and Calculus (yellow-brown discoloration on tooth)
  • Difficulty eating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Gingivitis (red, swollen, or bleeding gums)

Is your pet showing signs of dental disease? Ask our team for more information on how we can help you improve your pet’s dental health.

A complete dental assessment includes an oral examination and radiographs. This is done under general anesthesia, and following assessment, ultrasonic scaling and polishing can be performed. Loose teeth are evaluated. In some cases, diseased teeth must be extracted, while in others, the teeth can be saved by prompt attention to decaying areas. In the event of fractured teeth or more complex dental work, a specialist may be consulted.

Before and After

Sometimes, keeping Tiger’s chompers healthy can feel like a big job. Luckily, our practice provides advanced veterinary dentistry services in addition to basic dental care.

This includes routine care such as cleaning, along with treating more complicated conditions. Because our pets don’t brush their teeth every night before bed like we do, tartar can firmly adhere to the teeth.

In order to remove this tartar, we perform dental scaling, our most basic dental procedure. During the scaling process our practice uses sonic and ultrasonic power scalers as well as hand held instruments to remove this tartar from the surface of the teeth both above and below the gum line.

Tooth extraction is another very common procedure. It is the goal of our practice for your pet to retain as many teeth as possible. However, sometimes extraction is the only option to relieve pain or ensure that periodontal disease does not advance. If not extracted, many times a diseased tooth can compromise the surrounding tissue and neighboring teeth. If caught early, there are more treatment options available for periodontal disease.

Our practice requires anesthesia for dental procedures. Because of this, we first perform a full physical exam and sometimes run blood tests. Inside the mouth, we utilize anesthetic gel and local anesthetic injections to reduce pain. We closely monitor your pet the entire time they receive anesthesia.

Our practice keeps an eye on oxygen saturation and carbon dioxide levels in their blood along with their blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. In order to help maintain the health of your pet’s mouth and teeth, you should bring your pet in for a dental check-up once a year. During these routine exams, our practice includes a general dental exam as well as teeth and gum cleaning if needed.

Catching dental problems in the early stages can greatly help your pet in the long run. Contact our practice right away if your pet experiences any of the following:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Your pet shies away when you try to touch their mouth area
  • Excessive drool
  • Dropping food when eating
  • Bleeding in your pet’s mouth
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Yellowish brown crust of tartar around the gum line
  • Missing, loose or broken teeth

We are located in Gwinnett and on the border of Walton and Barrow counties and proudly serve Loganville, Snellville, Monroe, Dacula, Lawrenceville, Grayson, and surrounding areas.

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