A dental procedure involves hand and ultrasonic scaling of the teeth to remove the plaque and tartar. The teeth and gums are carefully examined for any abnormalities, such as infection, missing or loose teeth, chipped or fractured teeth, neck lesions, oral tumors, etc. The findings are carefully recorded in an individualized dental chart. If necessary, appropriate treatments are performed. Finally, the teeth are carefully polished. It is generally necessary to prescribe antibiotics and additional therapeutics, as bacterial infections are often present.
While the actual cleaning and polishing is not usually painful, it does require the use of general anesthesia. In our practice, isoflurane inhalant anesthesia is utilized for the procedure. The patient may be able to go home that same day, depending on his or her recovery.
SURGICAL ESTIMATE FOR THE CANINE & FELINE DENTAL PACKAGE
Recheck evaluation within 2 weeks of dentistry (if indicated)
Intravenous Fluids & IV Fluid Pump (if indicated)
$ 181.65 to $ 330.75 plus
Additional charges will apply for antibiotics & antibacterial treatments sent home with your pet.
Additional charges may apply for specific treatments, extractions, crown amputations, etc.
These charges are difficult to predict prior to the examination under anesthesia. If requested,
we will call you prior to performing additional treatments. Additional charges in the past have
ranged from $ 17.00 to $ 258.00, based on the treatment needed and the degree of dental
disease present. It is important to note that each case is unique, and it is impossible to give
a complete estimate prior to examination under anesthesia.
A “healthy” mouth will not require any additional treatments, so regular dental cleanings are encouraged!
Waupaca Small Animal Hospital
780 Bowling Lane
Waupaca, WI 54981
Canine and Feline Dental Health: It’s Not Just Cosmetic…
What is Dental Disease?
One of the most common health problems for dogs and cats is dental disease. This is a problem that affects pets of all ages and all breeds, which symptoms starting as early as 1 year of age. Imagine if you never brushed your teeth...plaque would start to coat your teeth, which would continue to accumulate until it formed a hard, tarter substance on the teeth. The plaque and tarter are associated with abnormal bacteria, which eventually infect the gum tissue, causing red and inflamed gums. The gums often bleed easily when touched, and may start to recede, exposing the root of the tooth. In reality, humans are able to minimize this process by brushing and flossing daily. However, most people still require a cleaning by a dental hygienist every 6 to 12 months.
Why do I need to be concerned about Dental Disease in my pet?
Dental disease generally causes discomfort for the pet, especially if there is an abscessed or broken tooth. In addition, the bloodstream that supplies the gum tissue may carry the abnormal bacteria to other parts of the body, including the liver, kidneys and heart. This may cause disease in these vital organs. We also know that if the body is exposed to excessive bacteria on a daily basis, the immune system can become "stressed", impairing the pet's ability to fight disease in the body.
What symptoms will I notice in my pet?
A dog or cat with dental disease may not appear to have any obvious symptoms associated with the disease, other than foul odor from the mouth, and plaque and tarter accumulation on the teeth. As the disease process progresses, you may notice blood from the gums, reluctance to chew bones or carry toys, or swallowing of food without chewing. In cases of severely infected teeth, you may notice pus in the mouth, and swelling of the face or lymph nodes.
What is a Dental Prophylaxis?
A dental prophylaxis involves hand scaling of the teeth, followed by ultrasonic scaling to remove the plaque and tartar from the teeth (both above and below the gum line). The teeth and gums are carefully examined for any abnormalities, such as infection, missing or loose teeth, chipped or fractured teeth, neck lesions (“cavities” that are common in cats), deep pockets between the teeth and gums, oral tumors, etc. The findings are carefully recorded in an individualized dental chart. If necessary, appropriate treatments are performed. Finally, the teeth are carefully polished. While the actual cleaning and polishing usually are not painful, it is necessary to use general anesthesia.
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Is it safe to for my pet to have anesthesia? Current anesthetics are very safe. In our practice, isoflurane inhalant anesthesia is utilized for the procedure. Prior to any anesthesia, it is advisable to screen your pet’s liver, kidneys, blood protein, blood sugar, and red blood cell concentration (low concentration indicates anemia). These parameters are important during the administration of anesthesia, as any abnormality may interfere with the ability to process the anesthesia.
Our practice is able to perform the anesthetic blood chemistry profile and an anemia screen in our laboratory the day of the dentistry. If any abnormalities are detected, we may need to alter our anesthetic plan or postpone the dental procedure, pending additional testing. In addition to the preanesthetic blood testing, a Doctor or technician monitors your pet during the entire procedure, using advanced monitoring equipment. The combination of preanesthetic testing and continued patient monitoring during the procedure allows us to greatly minimize the risk of anesthetic related complications and fatalities.
Why does it cost more to have my pet’s teeth cleaned than my own?
As noted above, it is essential to use general anesthesia to perform any dental procedure for a dog or cat. This is the only way to visualize the inner and outer surfaces of the all of the teeth, explore gums, and perform a thorough cleaning and polishing. The use of general anesthesia adds cost to the procedure. In addition, the amount of tartar and plaque accumulated on the teeth is generally much greater than any person would have on their teeth. This amount of tartar takes more time to remove when compared to a human’s mouth.
Will my pet need any treatments other than the cleaning and polishing?
It is very difficult to evaluate the teeth and gums until the pet is under anesthesia. During the examination, the Doctor will note any additional problems or concerns. Two of the most common treatments include: Extraction: In some cases, a pet may need to have a tooth (or many teeth) extracted. While we would prefer to save all of the teeth, a loose or broken tooth is actually causing pain and increasing the risk of infection. The pet is better off without the diseased tooth. If a pet requires multiple extractions, it is a reflection of the severity of the dental disease present in the mouth.
Doxycycline Polymer Application: The Doctor may recommend the application of a Doxycycline polymer to fill an abnormal pocket that develops between the tooth and gum. If this pocket is left untreated, bacteria will continue to accumulate in the pocket, and the bony support of the tooth will be destroyed. Eventually, the affected tooth will need to be extracted. In many cases, this treatment will allow the gum to reattach to the tooth, while eliminating the bacteria that are living in the pocket.
Schedule a Dental Prophylaxis today, for the health of your pet!