Dental cleaning is done through the surgical service at Hyannis Animal Hospital. During your pet’s wellness exam the veterinarian may make a recommendation to have a dental cleaning done. Because veterinary dental procedures are generally more involved than human ones, anesthesia is required to keep the pet still and free of stress.
The anesthesia protocol will be determined based on your pet’s age and overall condition. Pre-anesthetic bloodwork is usually done to make this as safe as possible. Once under anesthesia, the veterinarian will reevaluate the condition of the gums and tooth roots. Dental radiographs are sometimes taken to further evaluate trouble spots below the gum line.
The teeth are cleaned using an ultrasonic scaler, then polished to a smooth finish. After this, the gumline and teeth are flushed with an antibacterial rinse designed to slow the regrowth of bacteria.
Dental care should not be limited to what is done in the hospital. Regular brushing or using a rinse with your pet will reduce the recurrence of tartar and plaque build up.
Digital Dental Radiology
We are proud to be on the cutting edge of medical technology. Radiology is a technique and diagnostic tool that we use to look inside the body in a completely non-invasive way and the use of digital dental radiology is a powerful tool for veterinarians who provide pets with dental care.
In other words, the use of digital dental radiology gives us a view of the internal workings of your pet’s oral cavity that we otherwise could not see with the naked eye. It’s an important diagnostic tool that helps veterinarians detect and prevent dental problems.
The use of digital dental radiology is safe and our entire staff is highly trained. It is our goal to provide your pet with the highest level of medical care possible, and this is just one of the many ways we achieve that.