There are 2 steps to our dental cleanings.
Step 1: Dental Consultation: Our doctors will do a thorough exam and bloodwork to make sure your pet is healthy for anesthesia. This appointment takes roughly 30-45 minutes.
Step 2: Once cleared, your pet’s cleaning will be scheduled. In most cases the full cleaning is scheduled 1-3 days after the consultation, or as your schedule permits.
For the day of your pet’s dental cleaning, we offer morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times.
How much does a dental exam and cleaning cost?
We are currently running a dental special for just $199, which includes a dental exam, x-rays, bloodwork, anesthesia and a thorough cleaning by one of our highly trained doctors.
In the event your pet has additional oral health needs, the doctor will talk with you prior to any additional work being done.
What happens during an initial dental cleaning exam?
An initial dental cleaning consultation exam allows us to first of all confirm that a dental cleaning is needed, and additionally make sure your pet is healthy enough to undergo the dental procedure.
This includes things like physically examining your pet for any issues, running preanesthetic blood tests to ensure kidney and liver function are satisfactory for anesthesia, as well as examining the heart and abdomen if needed. Anesthesia is important so that the vet can examine your pet, tooth-by-tooth including dental x-rays.
Any required procedures that may be needed before the exam will also be discussed.
what happens during a professional dental cleaning visit with the veterinarian?
During the dental cleaning visit, your pet’s teeth will be thoroughly examined, cleaned and polished to remove the tartar and periodontal disease-causing plaque. This is done with the help of veterinary assistants while your pet is under anesthesia, at which time any abnormalities will also be noted in the medical record.
A dental probe will be used to evaluate gum bleeding and periodontal pockets where food can accumulate and decay if not properly cared for.
When periodontal disease is advanced, it isn’t always possible to save the badly affected teeth, at which point extraction may need to happen either during the procedure or at a later time.
The specific treatment that your dog will require will be discussed with you after the cleaning and the tooth-by-tooth inspection under anesthesia. It can be difficult to predict the extent of dental disease in advance, so your veterinarian may call you during the procedure to discuss any findings or additional treatment that may be necessary.
How are my pets' teeth cleaned?
After a thorough examination of your pet’s teeth, ultrasonic scaling will be performed, using both hands and ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. After scaling, the teeth are then polished to remove microscopic scratches and decrease the rate of subsequent plaque build-up.
Do I have to make an appointment for a dental cleaning for my pet?
Yes. Making an appointment allows your veterinarian to run preanesthetic blood tests and examine your pet for any underlying health conditions before the procedure.
How can I prevent tartar from building up after the procedure?
Your veterinarian will discuss a regular dental care program and routine for your pet’s age and breed and will inform you that regular tooth brushing is a must. Professional dental cleanings with your veterinarian are generally recommended once every six months.
Can I use human toothpaste?
Human toothpaste contains ingredients that can cause internal problems for pets if swallowed. You should also avoid baking soda to clean your dog’s teeth as its high level of alkaline can upset the acid balance in the stomach and digestive tract. During your visit, we’ll share our list of favorite pet toothpaste.
Your pet’s dental health is important. The majority of dogs and cats will experience some level of dental disease by the age of just 3 years old, making it even more crucial to take your pet’s dental health seriously.