FACTS ABOUT DENTAL DISEASE
- Often extremely painful
- Decreases quality of life
- Leads to bad breath
- Can allow infection to spread to the bone or blood stream
- Can lead to life threatening heart, kidney and liver disease
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR PET HAS A COMPREHENSIVE ORAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT AT SHEPP VET
ADMISSION TO HOSPITAL
An appointment is made for you early in the morning to drop off your pet. The night before your pet’s dental procedure they will need to fast from 10pm. So no food after 10pm including snacks. Please continue to allow access to water.
On the morning of surgery you will have an appointment with a veterinary nurse for your pet’s health check. During this appointment you will be asked to sign an anaesthetic consent form and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
A pre-anaesthetic blood test is recommended in all patients. This allows detection of sub-clinical disease before it shows obvious signs. as we are able to pick up sub-clinical disease before it shows obvious signs.
An intra-venous catheter is placed in your pet to allow access for medications and fluids. Intra-operative fluids are recommended to support your pet’s blood pressure and to help in the recovery process. At this stage your pet will be given premedication to provide pre-emptive pain relief and to help your pet relax.
An induction anaesthetic is given intra-venously through the catheter and your pet has a tube passed into the windpipe to receive oxygen and gaseous anaesthetic.
Throughout the procedure the oxygen saturation, heart rate, respiration, ECG (heart rhythm), blood pressure and temperature are monitored by an experienced nurse. Your pet is wrapped in a Bear-hugger warmed air circulation blanket and fleeces to keep them warm.
At SheppVets, both clinics have the facilities to take Dental x rays. These can be taken to visualize the roots as your pet can’t tell us which tooth is sore! All teeth are checked, probed and abnormalities noted on a dental chart.
Extractions and nerve blocks. If teeth are removed nerve blocks are performed first so a light anaesthetic is needed and your pet recovers quickly. Sutures will be placed in the gum so that the mouth heals very quickly and no empty sockets are left for food to accumulate in after a surgical extraction.
A plaque-revealing liquid is applied to the teeth. The teeth are then scaled ultrasonically removing plaque both above and below the gum line. Some pets require a long acting antibiotic gel application to help save the tooth or a sealant to seal the gum recession and reduce gingivitis.
EXTRACTIONS AND NERVE BLOCKS
Before any teeth are removed nerve blocks are performed. This reduces the amount of anaesthetic drug required, improves the comfort of your pet and allows a faster recovery. Stitches are placed in the gum so that the mouth heals very quickly and no empty sockets are left for food to accumulate in after a surgical extraction.
Dental pain can be significant and your vet will prioritise your pet’s comfort. In addition to local anaesthetic nerve blocks, those pets that have teeth extracted will also be sent home with pain relief to ensure comfort during their recovery.
DISCHARGE FROM HOSPITAL
An appointment is made for later in the day when your pet has fully recovered. This appointment allows us to show you the x-rays, explain treatments performed, any prescribed medications and home care. You will also have the opportunity to ask any other questions you might have.
PREVENTION AND DENTAL CHECK UPS
Prevention only works before Dental disease develops. Ask one of our team for information.
Just like humans, your pets should have their teeth checked every 6 – 12 months.
Oner to two weeks after the dental, a free dental check is booked to ensure that your pet’s mouth has healed well. At this point we expect your pet to be happy and have a healthy mouth.
We will also discuss a range of measures to help reduce the future development of dental disease in your pet.
Every pet’s dental maintenance requirements vary. We aim to find the best options to fit you and your pet so that together we can keep your fur family happy and healthy.