We use a six step process to our dental prophylaxis to give our patients the maximum benefit.
We use a six step process to our dental prophylaxis to give our patients the maximum benefit. Before 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 is continuously monitored using EKG, pulse oxygen and carbon dioxide monitors to ensure complete safety of the patient, not unlike a person undergoing a procedure requiring anesthesia. Antibiotics are given to prevent the spread of the bacteria in the blood stream to other vital organs.
- Step 1: General examination and pre-operative organ testing (small blood panel). An IV catheter is placed at this time so anesthesia can be given intravenously and IV drip is started for the duration of the procedure to ensure the pet is properly hydrated.
- Step 2: Gross tarter is removed from the surface of the teeth using the same type of equipment and procedures found in human dentistry.
- Step 3: An Ultrasonic Scaler with a special tip that sprays water is used to reduce enamel damage and to perform cooling to the teeth during scaling. Sub gingival curettage, or root planing, is done using a hand tool to remove the plaque and tarter underneath the gum line, just like a human hygienist would do during your dental prophylaxis.
Cleaning the teeth’s surface will make the teeth look shiny and clean, but in reality has done little medically for the patient. The real medical benefit to the patient is the removal of the calculus from under the gum line. Calculus is the predominant cause of periodontal disease.
- Step 4: A periodontal probe is used to find and measure pockets under the gum line that could lead to the root and consequently cause abscess, tooth decay and loss of the entire tooth.
- Step 5: A fine grain tooth polish and mechanical tip is then used to smooth the tooth’s surface. When removing plaque and calculus from the teeth the surface is then left rough afterwards, this roughening increases the plaque and calculus growth in those spots. By polishing, the smooth surface will not allow adhesion of the plaque.
- Step 6: Oravet, a waxy sealant, is then applied to the surface of the teeth (Canine Patients Only) to further prevent the adhesion of plaque.
With continued use of Oravet, a once a week at home treatment, your pet’s teeth will stay cleaner for longer periods of time between dental prophylaxes.