At Greater Springfield Veterinary, we take dental health seriously and offer FREE dental checks for every patient
By the age of 3 years, 80-90% of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease requiring veterinary intervention. It is important to manage dental disease promptly as it can affect your pet in many ways including;
Pain – Animals are extremely good at hiding pain, so even when suffering with severe dental disease they can appear to be fine. Dental pain can grumble along and only come to attention when it is very bad – we all know how sore a toothache can be!
Infection – Bacteria may eat away at the bone surrounding the tooth, which can lead to bacteria getting into the bloodstream. This can lead to infection of the internal organs and significantly shorten your pet’s life.
Tooth Loss – By having the teeth cleaned regularly we can significantly reduce the need for dental extractions caused by bacteria that eat away at the bone.
The longer dental disease is left, often the more difficult and costly dental procedures become.
What is involved/included in a routine vet dentistry dental procedure?
A dental procedure for your pet is much like us going to the dentist. Unfortunately, animals won’t stay still during this process and can find our cleaning tools a bit scary, and so require a general anaesthetic. When your pet is asleep, we can examine and clean the mouth safely and accurately.
While your pet is under anaesthetic, the entire oral cavity will be investigated and each tooth individually assessed. This is carried out through gingival depth probing (to check gum health), a thorough visual inspection to look for any abnormalities and an assessment of surface tartar build-up. A series of dental radiographs will also be taken.
A thorough clean of your pet’s teeth will be completed with an ultrasonic scaler, followed by a polish with a rotating prophy head and pet-friendly toothpaste.
All ROUTINE dental procedures at our hospitals include:
If your pet requires tooth extractions, local anaesthetic nerve block injections are always administered to ensure patient comfort. Extra, longer acting pain relief is also given if extractions are necessary.
Our patients are sent home with a full report of their dental procedure, including a before and after photograph, and a comprehensive chart showing whether any abnormalities (such as missing teeth) were detected, or which teeth (if any) were extracted. We will ensure you receive a thorough discharge appointment with one of our experienced nurses upon collection of your pet, as well as extensive after-care notes to ensure you know how to look after your fur baby once they are back at home with you.
If any tooth extractions are necessary, our veterinarians will provide a complimentary check-up to ensure adequate oral healing has occurred.
Our experienced, Senior Veterinary Nurses are able to perform dental checks – free of charge! These can be performed as often as you like, with most of our patients being checked at least every 6 months.