Dentistry

The number one health problem diagnosed in cats and dogs over 4 years of age is periodontal disease. Dental disease can be painful and may lead to serious liver, kidney, and heart disease. We provide an extensive and progressive dental care program for your pets. Under general anesthesia, ultrasonic scaling is performed above and below the gum line, followed by a thorough polishing and probing of dentition. Our digital dental radiography system allows our doctors to detect the pathology beneath the gum line. Dental extractions and bonding are performed by our advanced dental trained veterinarians. At Animal Medical Center, your pet’s safety is our first concern. All patients will receive a thorough examination and pre-operative blood work prior to your pet’s prophylactic dental cleaning. If abnormalities are detected, your doctor will contact you. On the day of your pet’s dental appointment, please make sure you’re available by telephone.

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Dentistry

The number one health problem diagnosed in cats and dogs over 4 years of age is periodontal disease. Dental disease can be painful and may lead to serious liver, kidney, and heart disease. We provide an extensive and progressive dental care program for your pets. Under general anesthesia, ultrasonic scaling is performed above and below the gum line, followed by a thorough polishing and probing of dentition. Our digital dental radiography system allows our doctors to detect the pathology beneath the gum line. Dental extractions and bonding are performed by our advanced dental trained veterinarians. At Animal Medical Center, your pet’s safety is our first concern. All patients will receive a thorough examination and pre-operative blood work prior to your pet’s prophylactic dental cleaning. If abnormalities are detected, your doctor will contact you. On the day of your pet’s dental appointment, please make sure you’re available by telephone.

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Your Pet's Dental Day

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An Introduction

At Animal Medical Center, your pet’s safety is our first concern. All patients will receive a thorough examination and pre-operative blood work prior to your pet’s prophylactic dental cleaning. If abnormalities are detected, your doctor will contact you. On the day of your pet’s dental appointment, please make sure your are available by telephone.

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Peace of Mind

We assure you that each pet receives tender care during their hospitalized stay at Animal Medical Center. All of our patients are treated as individuals, which means each pet’s treatment protocol has been personally tailored to each pet’s needs. Cats are not just small dogs. Big dogs do not necessarily need twice as much anesthetic drug as small dogs. Our standards of care are high and we believe that you have made the right decision in allowing us to care for your pet.

Peace of Mind

We assure you that each pet receives tender care during their hospitalized stay at Animal Medical Center. All of our patients are treated as individuals, which means each pet’s treatment protocol has been personally tailored to each pet’s needs. Cats are not just small dogs. Big dogs do not necessarily need twice as much anesthetic drug as small dogs. Our standards of care are high and we believe that you have made the right decision in allowing us to care for your pet.

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The Oral Examination

After the teeth are cleaned, the doctor will perform a complete oral examination, which includes inspection and evaluation of each tooth and surrounding gum tissue. During this comprehensive examination, your doctor may detect fractured teeth, cervical line lesions (erosions in the enamel), gingival masses and/ or loose teeth. A dental radiograph (x-ray) may be needed to evaluate the tooth root below the gum line.

The Oral Examination

After the teeth are cleaned, the doctor will perform a complete oral examination, which includes inspection and evaluation of each tooth and surrounding gum tissue. During this comprehensive examination, your doctor may detect fractured teeth, cervical line lesions (erosions in the enamel), gingival masses and/ or loose teeth. A dental radiograph (x-ray) may be needed to evaluate the tooth root below the gum line.

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Price of Prophylactic Cleaning and Polishing

A routine Dental at Animal Medical Center includes placement of an IV catheter, peri-operative pain medication, general anesthesia, monitoring, dental cleaning, polishing, fluoride treatment and oral examination by your doctor. An estimate for your pet’s dental care will be provided to you in advance of the procedure.

Extractions or Additional Services

The dental exam may reveal a need for dental radiographs, periodontal treatment or extractions. At Animal Medical Center, each extracted tooth is surgically removed by your veterinarian. The oral surgery begins with a nerve block to desensitize the area. Then, a gingival flap is made: two small gum tissue incisions are made to expose the tooth’s roots. Using a high speed dental drill, the roots are sectioned into individual pieces. With a hand held dental elevator, each root is removed. The incision is closed with dissolvable sutures. Your doctor or certified veterinary technician will call you during the procedure if any dental extraction(s) or additional services are needed.

vet with dog
vet with dog

Extractions or Additional Services

The dental exam may reveal a need for dental radiographs, periodontal treatment or extractions. At Animal Medical Center, each extracted tooth is surgically removed by your veterinarian. The oral surgery begins with a nerve block to desensitize the area. Then, a gingival flap is made: two small gum tissue incisions are made to expose the tooth’s roots. Using a high speed dental drill, the roots are sectioned into individual pieces. With a hand held dental elevator, each root is removed. The incision is closed with dissolvable sutures. Your doctor or certified veterinary technician will call you during the procedure if any dental extraction(s) or additional services are needed.

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Pain Medication and Antibiotics

At Animal Medical Center we take the comfort of our patients very seriously. Extractions and other surgical procedures are often painful. We include Bupivicaine nerve blocks in all our patients requiring extractions to prevent him/her from experiencing pain upon waking. In certain cases, we may apply a pain patch (Duragesic Patch) to the skin to provide 3-5 days of pain relief. In many cases, we dispense oral pain relief medication for the patient. It is never acceptable for a patient to be in pain. Cost of post-operative pain medication and antibiotics will vary greatly depending on your pet’s weight and prescribed antibiotic. At your request, we will provide the actual cost for these charges prior to dispensing them.

Hospital Updates

We will call you at the end of the dental procedure to provide you with details of the dental procedure. During your pet’s hospitalization, please do not hesitate to call the dental technician for an update.

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Staff on the phone

Hospital Updates

We will call you at the end of the dental procedure to provide you with details of the dental procedure. During your pet’s hospitalization, please do not hesitate to call the dental technician for an update.

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Discharge

Most patients are discharged between 5 PM and 7:30 PM. Your discharge consultation will be with either a certified veterinary technician or your doctor to review the discharge instructions and answer any questions you may have.

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