If your pet has been diagnosed with dental disease your vet will most likely recommend a dental clean. This is a very common procedure and is essential in treating dental disease. If your pet is having a dental procedure there are a few things you need to know.
A general anaesthetic is required
Your vet can't ask your pets to say “open wide" while they have a look around. To make sure they are able to clean all the teeth and do it safely (no one wants to be bitten!), a general anaesthetic is required. Your pet must be anaesthetised so your vet can properly examine the entire tooth. This includes the inner surface and all of the teeth right up the back of the mouth that can't be seen when your pet is awake.
Equipment is similar to a human dentists
In some cases this is the exact same equipment! ?A scaling device is used to remove any plaque that is stuck to the teeth and the teeth are then individually polished to make the surface smooth and deter plaque adhering again. Your vet may recommend x-rays so they can assess the bony structures around the tooth.
Extractions may be necessary
In some cases, bacteria may have already damaged the structures of the tooth, exposing roots and nerves. This is painful so it is best any diseased teeth are removed. A fractured tooth may also require extraction. Antibiotics, pain relief and a diet of soft and chunky food may be needed until the extraction sites have healed.
As involved as it may sound, a dental procedure will ensure your pet is happier, healthier and most importantly, pain free.