Dental cleanings are usually first recommended by our veterinarians when your pet is only a few years old and he suffering from early periodontal disease. Dental cleanings for these pets are fairly quick, taking approximately 30-60 minutes. If your pet's teeth have not been professionally cleaned on a regular basis and periodontal disease has progressed, the procedure will take longer, possibly 1-3 hours. In addition, pets with advanced dental disease often require multiple teeth extractions, and are at risk of damaging other organs in the body, such as the heart and kidneys.
Our team of a certified veterinary technician and a veterinarian will perform the dental cleaning under anesthesia: cleaning, scaling and polishing the teeth to remove the tough plaque and tartar build-up on your pet's teeth and under the gumline. A full oral exam will be performed and dental radiographs may also be taken. It is worth noting that at all times, your pet's vital signs are monitored closely and your pet's safety remains our top priority.
The safest method of performing a dental cleaning is with general anesthesia, when your pet is fully intubated and immobile. These dental cleanings are recommended on an annual basis by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Anesthesia Free Dental Cleanings are not recommended, as they can be painful for your pet and ineffective at removing the bacteria below the gumline.