Teeth Cleaning Steps
Comprehensive oral exam
Once your pet completes the pre-anesthetic evaluation, we proceed with the teeth cleaning and oral exam under anesthesia. After your pet is anesthetized, the thorough oral exam begins. At this time a Certified Veterinary Technician inspects gum tissue, the tongue, teeth, tonsils, lips, and roof of the mouth for anything out of the ordinary. A Veterinarian reviews the findings and we then proceed with assessing pocket depth.
Charting pocket depth
Using a graduated blunt periodontal probe, we gently probe pocket depths between the tooth and the gingiva (gum tissue) on all four sides of each tooth. A pocket depth up to 3mm in dogs and .5mm in cats is normal. We make a note of any abnormalities at this time.
Most of the mouth problems we deal with are invisible to the naked eye, but are easily diagnosed with x-rays. For this reason, we strongly suggest all teeth be radiographed if gums are red or receded.
After the Veterinarian reviews the oral exam, pocket depth evaluation, and dental radiographs, an individualized treatment plan is created. We then contact you to discuss your pet’s needs and treatment options which may include restorative measures, supportive care, or surgical extractions.
Ultrasonic scaling cleans the part of the surface of the tooth you see and the tissue under the gum line. Root planning (cleaning of the tooth root) and hand scaling are needed to clean the debris in deep pockets.
Rinsing and flushing
Rinsing and flushing remove the particles of tartar and debris from under the gum tissue and from the mouth.
Polishing smoothes the tooth, therefore slowing down the re-attachment of plaque to the tooth surface. If we delay this part of the process, we delay the tartar accumulation.
Oravet sealant is applied to all tooth surfaces. This product creates an invisible barrier that prevents plaque and tartar from forming and delays bacteria from attaching to the teeth. This product comes in a kit that you can use at home once a week.
Courtesy progress exam & consultation
After the teeth cleaning, we meet with you to discuss options your for pet’s future home dental care. There are many modalities available for home care, and we make a customized plan based on you and your pet’s needs.