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and their pets as if they were our own."
In order to fully understand the extent and treat oral disease , it is imperative that each pet be anesthetized. It is impossible to provide correct medical care to a pet without sedation. It is estimated that over 60% of disease pathology lies beneath the gum. To only address the visible calculus is a cosmetic fix, and does not address or resolve your pet’s true dental problems and pain.
Your pet's oral health assessment, treatment and prevention (oral ATP) starts with periodic assessments from our veterinarians. Do not wait until your pet's breath becomes unbearable. By that time, your pet’s condition may be painful and/or infected. Much of the disease will be irreversible requiring extractions and oral surgery to provide relief.
When your loveable pet needs quality dental care, give us a call. We work with you to get your pet the very best.
If a tooth requires oral surgery, a nerve block is performed to anesthetize the tooth and allow for extended pain relief following the oral surgery. Surgical tooth extraction involves the creation of a gingival flap to expose the roots of the tooth. With a high speed dental drill, the tooth roots are individually separated and then extracted. After the crown and roots are surgically removed, the gingival flap is closed with dissolvable suture material.
Your pet’s teeth are cleaned thoroughly with an ultrasonic scaler by a veterinary technician. Then, each tooth in your pet’s mouth is probed and charted. Any suspicious or problematic teeth are radiographed to further identify the disease process. Using this information, the veterinarian will decide on a treatment plan and proceed as you have instructed on our surgical consent form.
At Gateway Veterinary Clinic, prior to the Oral ATP, each pet is examined by a veterinarian. Preanesthetic bloodwork results are evaluated to assess your pet’s overall health. An IV Catheter is placed and fluids are run to help keep your pet hydrated during the procedure. Pain medication and sedative are administered prior to placing your pet on general gas anesthesia. After placing them on a heated water blanket, digital monitors are applied to track your pet’s heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, body temperature, and blood oxygen levels.
All pets undergoing oral surgery will go home on antibiotics and pain medication in order to keep your pet as pain-free and
comfortable as possible. Comprehensive discharge instructions, pictures of radiographs and pre/ post procedure pictures are
sent home with each patient at the release appointment with a technician. All patients receiving oral surgery are scheduled a
complementary recheck exam in 10-14 days.
Following every oral ATP, a veterinary technician will make recommendations on how to maintain your pet’s oral health.
Brushing teeth once daily with a pet approved tooth paste is the gold standard. However, if that is not realistic, we will discuss
options such as rinses, dental chew s and diets to decrease future plaque and tartar buildup in your pet’s mouth.
Our dentistry suite may be equipped as well as your dentist's office. We have digital dental radiography and computerized dental charting software for dogs and cats. Ultrasonic scalars, low and high speed drills, along with oral surgery packs provide our doctors the tools they need to ensure your pet’s oral care is done correctly. Our veterinarians are capable general practitioners who have attended additional training to perform dentistry and oral surgery.