- All our dental prophy costs include full mouth radiographs. Included in our dental "package" are also intravenous fluids, hospitalization, anesthesia, and dental scaling and polishing of your pet's teeth. Our digital dental x-ray unit helps to look for missing or impacted teeth, identifies hooks on roots, shows us abscessed roots and bony changes in the jaw.
- An oral exam (whenever possible) is part of your pet's comprehensive annual physical exam. Dental health contributes significantly to your pet's overall well being and comfort as well as potentially increasing his/her lifespan and energy level in old age.
- Anaesthesia free dental cleanings can help to promote oral health in between regular dental prophies under anesthesia, but they do NOT replace assessment of disease and treatment while under general anesthesia. Dental cleanings on an awake pet are mainly cosmetic. A significant amount of tartar can be present under the gum line - an awake dog or cat will not allow you to use a sharp instrument underneath the gum line to remove tartar while having his/her mouth held open long enough to thoroughly clean and assess all the teeth. There is controversy about dentistry under heavy sedation. Animals under sedation cannot be intubated and can thus aspirate material from the dental cleaning into the lung, which can lead to pneumonia.
- We have specialized equipment for rabbit and rodent dentistry as well. The days are long gone when rabbits' teeth were snipped off, which causes cracks in their teeth and further dental problems and pain. Rodents teeth differ from dogs' and cats' teeth in that they grow continuously.
- Go to AVDC for further information on veterinary dentistry (website of the American Veterinary Dental College)