We offer two types of Dental Services at TLC Animal Hospital:

  • Anesthetic Dental Cleanings

  • Non-anesthetic Dental Cleanings

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Anesthetic Dental Cleanings

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease by age 3!  Prophylactic, or preventive, anesthetic dental cleanings are necessary when your pet is showing signs of advanced dental disease.  Dental disease can lead to painful oral infections, tooth loss, problems eating, halitosis, and systemic diseases that can affect your pet’s vital organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys.

Before the dental cleaning begins, your pet is anesthetized and a breathing tube is placed in his or her trachea to provide oxygen and protect the lungs from the bacteria that is being removed from the teeth. While under anesthesia, your pet has a surgical technician specifically dedicated to monitoring all vital signs.  We monitor a continuous EKG, pulse oxygen, blood pressure, and temperature to ensure complete safety of your pet, not unlike a human undergoing a procedure requiring anesthesia.

The actual cleaning process itself involves scaling, probing, and polishing the teeth using the same type of equipment and procedures found in human dentistry.  Antibiotics are given to prevent the spread of the bacteria in the blood stream to other vital organs.  We take pain management very seriously.  If any extractions are required on your pet, they receive a local numbing anesthetic (just like people) that lasts long after the procedure and will be overlapped by pain medications sent home with you.

Many patients referred for an anesthetic dental cleaning have additional oral problems, and full-mouth x-rays can be taken while your pet is under anesthesia to reveal any pathology below the gum line such as the internal anatomy of the teeth, the teeth roots, and the bone that surrounds the roots. Additionally, the initial x-rays provide a base line for future comparison as your animal ages.

Non-anesthetic Dental Cleanings

A non-anesthetic dental cleaning is a great option for preventive care.  A non-anesthetic dental cleaning is performed without the use of anesthesia and offers pet owners an alternative method for cleaning and maintaining their pet’s teeth.  PET DENTAL SERVICES is a private company that has been providing non-anesthetic dental cleanings for over 12 years.  They work only under the supervision of licensed veterinarians and have highly qualified technicians to perform a safe and thorough dental cleaning on your pet.  Since your pet’s safety and comfort is the first priority, the dental technicians practice patience and compassion utilizing gentle holding techniques while cleaning all surfaces of your pet’s teeth, performing sub-gingival curettage, probing for signs of periodontal disease, and polishing each tooth surface.   Learn more about this procedure at www.petdentalservices.com.  Not all pets are suitable candidates for this procedure.  Your veterinarian will determine the best option for your pet based on their overall health condition. Find out if your pet is a candidate for this procedure today!