Dental disease is one of the most common and important conditions we see in our companion animals. Did you know that ideally our pets would brush their teeth twice a day too? We appreciate this is incredibly difficult to achieve and are here to support and guide you with your routine preventative healthcare through both our vet and nurse consults.
Once an animal begins to develop dental disease our vets may advise a dental procedure under general anaesthesia. It is not uncommon that our dental patients are in their senior years, and this should not be a reason to avoid necessary treatment. Our veterinary team actively encourages the discussion of anaesthetic safety and are very happy to discuss the procedure in depth to reassure our clients.
During their dental procedure our patients will have their teeth probed and charted to document any disease, then a series of dental x-rays may be taken before any necessary extractions are completed. At All Pets we use nerve blocks as part of our ‘multimodal’ approach to pain management, this ensures that even under anaesthetic the body does not feel any pain associated with tooth extraction. All teeth are then scaled using an ultrasonic descaler, ensuring effective cleaning below the gum line, before a polish to finish up.
It should be noted that due to the profession seeing an increase in ‘anaesthesia-free’ teeth cleaning offered outside of regulated veterinary practice, the RCVS has issued a statement on why this practice is dangerous.