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We believe that keeping your pet’s mouth healthy is the single most important wellness procedure to add quality longevity to your pet’s life. As a result we will spend time at every wellness visit talking about what you can do to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. We do dental cleaning, polishing, fluoride treatments, extractions and root canals. Dental x-rays are an important and necessary tool to make professional dental care effective. Recently, we converted our film dental x-ray system to modern digital dental x-ray.

To make every dental as safe as possible, we do all of the following.

  • Pre-anesthetic blood work is advised and strongly recommended. These tests include blood work, urine testing, ECG and a complete physical exam of each pet.
  • Premed sedation is given which makes the procedure safer and less stressful for the pet.
  • IV fluids are started and induction anesthesia is given by IV.
  • Every animal is intubated and put on gas anesthesia, either Isoflurane or Sevoflurane.
  • An anesthetic monitor is hooked up. This monitor records heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and blood pressure. These measurements are recorded regularly by the monitoring technician.
  • SylvaniaVET has a state of the art veterinary dental unit with an advanced dental scaler.
  • Our technicians checks around every tooth for pockets or lesions, measuring and charting these abnormalities as they clean.
  • SylvaniaVET’s dental suite contains 2 dental prophy tables with x-ray. Our dental x-ray machine helps us pinpoint problems below the gum line so we can decide if a tooth needs to be removed. Our dental technicians use nerve blocking techniques for extractions.
  • As with our surgical patients, dental patients receive pre- and post-procedure pain medication and antibiotics if necessary. Local nerve blocks are also made, should any teeth need to be pulled.
  • Only Doctors are licensed to pull teeth. First, the gum line is elevated to expose the root of the problem tooth. The roots are then individually loosened.
  • Lastly, after the tooth is carefully pulled, the gum tissue is sewn closed with sterile surgical suture.During the go home appointment, each doctor will discuss at-home dental care. We carry many products to aid you in keeping your pet’s mouth healthy: from toothpaste and brushes, chew toys and treats, and special foods and supplements.

Our doctors do everything they can to save teeth rather than extract. If a tooth root is more than half exposed the tooth must be removed. Loose teeth are painful and must be removed. To save a broken tooth we can do a root canal. This is especially important with the large k-9 teeth.

Following the procedure your pet is recovered by a hospital team member. The heart rate, temperature and respiratory rate are recorded every five minutes until the patient is alert. They are not returned to their kennel space until it can sit up and walk.

Check out this slide show of before and after dental procedures!

More Information:

Questions to Ask Your Veterinarian

Periodontal Disease

What is a Dental Cleaning?

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