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Maintaining oral health is equally important for your pet as it is for humans.
Our clinic’s dental suite has been specifically designed and equipped to perform veterinary dentistry and is equipped with a digital dental x-ray machine, overhead lighting, monitoring machines and up to date dental equipment. Many of our veterinarians have undergone advanced training in veterinary dentistry. We can perform most types of dental procedures, from routine cleaning and polishing to multiple extractions. To book a dental consult, call us at 250-727-2125.
The same dental conditions that affect humans, such as gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, discoloration, and cavities, can also affect dogs and cats. Every time your pet eats, the process of dental decay and illness begins. Food residue gets on your pet's teeth and gums when they eat. They feed the oral bacteria in your pet, which attacks the enamel of their teeth with acid and produces plaque, a sticky, transparent substance. Tartar, which forms when plaque is left on the teeth, hardens into cavities, periodontal disease, and other oral illnesses. Serious dental conditions may end up hurting your pet's heart, liver, and kidneys, while less severe tooth conditions may result in deadly infections including abscesses and blood infections.
Dental procedures are typically done under a combination of general anesthetic and a nerve block. General anesthetics are used to render your pet unconscious, and make sure that they don’t feel any pain during the procedure. A nerve block allows veterinarians to deliver a more targeted form of pain management by blocking sensation in the mouth and jaw, ensuring that any build-up under the gum line and on the inside of the teeth can be adequately addressed. This also allows for a oral assessment by probing for pockets or cavities and evaluate below the gum line using digital x-rays to examine the condition of the tooth roots. If extractions are required, the veterinarian will do a second round of x rays to ensure that they have removed everything.
After the veterinarian has completed all procedures that day, you will receive a call from them detailing the procedure and letting you know when your pets can be picked up. When you pick your pets up, a member of the Patient Care Team will go over any medications and how to care for your pet in detail. You will also receive a sheet detailing these instructions.
The day after the procedure, we will call you to make sure that the night went smoothly. We will also be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns that may have come up during the night.
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