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True Companion Animal Hospital

1144 Rayford Road
Spring, TX 77386

(281)363-8708

truecompanionvet.com

DENTAL PROCEDURES

What does a professional dental treatment include?

 
The purpose of a professional dental treatment is to remove all plaque, treat gingivitis, extract infected teeth, and halt the progression of periodontal disease. The benefit is a healthier, happier, longer lived pet with less mouth odor. 

The steps of a dental procedure are as follows:

Anesthetize the Pet

To perform a thorough, safe, and comfortable dental procedure, your pet must be anesthetized. By anesthetizing your pet we are able to completely evaluate your pet’s teeth and provide pain relief for painful procedures such as extraction

Dental Exam and Charting 

Identify damaged teeth and make a plan for treatment

Xray obviously Diseased Teeth

Discolored, broken and enamel damaged teeth; teeth with severe gingival recession or deep periodontal pockets

 

Just like your regular human dentist, we like to take xrays in order to evaluate the tooth under the gumline. This allows us to make accurate judgments about the health of each tooth. With this knowledge, we can accurately determine the correct way to treat each tooth. Without xrays, the doctor is forced to “guess” whether an individual tooth should be removed or left in your pet’s mouth. If we make the wrong “guess” your pet could go home still suffering from an infected tooth despite the fact that his or her teeth look clean. We recommend and encourage that you allow us to perform Xrays on all suspicious or damaged teeth

Remove Dental Tartar

This is performed above the gum line with an ultrasonic scaler and below the gumline with a low speed burr. 
Polish and Flouride Teeth

Polishing smooths the rough surface of the tooth discouraging future tartar adherence
Perform Subgingival Irrigation

Tissues around the teeth are irrigated with an antiseptic solution
 
Extraction of Diseased Teeth 

We extract diseased teeth (unless you request referral for a root canal

All severely diseased teeth should be extracted or undergo root canal. Leaving these teeth in the mouth causes your pet pain and promotes liver, kidney, and heart disease. Many teeth are so diseased that extraction is the only option. Some teeth may be salvaged with a root canal.  When you sign your pet in for the dental procedure, you will designate whether you wish salvageable teeth to be referred for root canal or extracted
 
Clean and Treat Periodontal Pockets

This can be done with a dental scaler. We prefer to treat all pockets with an antibiotic product called Doxirobe. Doxirobe promotes pocket healing and discourages progression of the pocket
   
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