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A light plane of general anesthesia is required for complete dental examination and periodontal treatment. Pets are on a warm water heating pad and covered during the procedure. A pulse oximeter keeps track of their oxygen level. Blood pressure and heart rate are monitored. Teeth are scaled to remove plaque and calculus, the gingiva around each tooth is probed for pockets, and all findings are recorded on a dental chart. Dental nerve blocks are given prior to extractions, gingivectomies or other oral surgery.
Dental radiographs are done on every patient. Radiographs show us the tooth roots and bone of the jaw. Sometimes we find problems that the patient never complained about, and did not show above the gumline. Addressing these problems can alleviate pain and make happier pets!
Regular periodontal care helps pets to live happier and longer!