Dental procedures are an important part of routine preventative health care and enable us to fully examine the mouth, scale and polish the teeth to remove tartar, and assess for the presence of diseased teeth which may need to be removed. Prompt management of dental disease can delay or prevent the need for further extractions in the future. These procedures need to be carried out under anaesthetic to allow thorough assessment and treatment.
For cats this will cost £100*and dogs just £120* – representing a huge saving for you. This covers the anaesthetic needed to assess the mouth and thorough scaling (cleaning) and polishing.
What will happen during the procedure?
We will anaesthetise your pet, place a tube to help them breathe, provide oxygen and anaesthetic gases and then carry out a full assessment of all teeth. We will scale (clean) the tartar and plaque off and assess for any root exposure, pockets of infection or any teeth that may need to be extracted.
Will teeth need to be removed?
Although the vet or nurse may have an idea as to whether teeth will need to be removed prior to the procedure, it is impossible to be certain in many cases without a thorough dental check. This is just as we would have at a human dentist – the only difference is we need to do this procedure under general anaesthetic to get a thorough look at all surfaces of all the teeth. It may therefore be difficult for us to fully predict the need for extractions until we have examined your pet’s mouth under anaesthetic. Please note that this special offer does not cover for any teeth that may need to be extracted.
Will my pet need more than one dental procedure?
In many cases one procedure involving a scale and polish of all the teeth will be enough to settle the mouth for a period of time. Some cats and dogs will have several dental procedures throughout their life as some pets seem more prone to the tartar build up and so need to have a cleaning procedure more than once. It is difficult to predict which pets this will apply to but home dental care such as brushing and feeding dry biscuits can help delay tartar build up.
Just as with people, some pets have a lot of dental work that needs to take place and just as we may have several visits to the dentist for extractions or treatment, our pets may require staged dental procedures – especially if they are in need of multiple extractions. Although all anaesthetics carry a risk, in many cases a second procedure after a gap of a few weeks or months is often preferable to one very lengthy anaesthetic.
* Please note that this special offer does not cover for any teeth that may need to be extracted, nor does it include pre-anaesthetic blood testing, fluid therapy (a drip) throughout the anaesthetic or for medications that may be prescribed.