Oral Health

"More than 8 out of 10 pets over 4 years old suffer from Periodontal Disease, a condition in which bacteria attacks the soft gum tissue. With gum deterioration, bacteria have a clear path to the bloodstream and vital organs, such as kidney, liver, lungs and heart. Even when teeth appear healthy, bacteria can build up in spaces between teeth and gums resulting in extensive periodontal disease."

Home oral care, diet, and genetics of the patient play a large roll in maintaining the oral health of the patient.  That said, there are times in our patients lives that a thorough and complete Dental Prophylaxis are needed.  How often?  The answer is...As often as necessary for the individual patient.  The foundations for a complete and thorough dental cleaning may be found below.

spacer-green.gifAnesthesia

We know that anesthesia can be an unsettling prospect and we take every step to ensure the safety and well being of our patients. Redmond Veterinary Clinic features Certified Veterinary Technicians to assist in monitoring our patients.  In addition, state-of-the-art anesthetic monitoring equipment with reliable and accurate measurements of important parameters affecting your pet's anesthesia is utilized during dental procedures.

spacer-green.gifThe Oral Exam 

The veterinarian and staff fully evaluates the oral cavity including Oral lesions,Gingival Pocket depth, Periodontal disease, Fractured teeth, Discolored teeth, and Retained deciduous teeth

spacer-green.gifCalculus Removal

Calculus that is identified above the gum line is removed with the use of hand instruments and ultrasounic scaling.

spacer-green.gifSubgingival Cleaning

The most important aspect of the dental cleaning is the removal of plaque and calculus below the gum line. This is accomplished with the use of ultrasonic scalers along with the skilled use of hand curettes and scalers.

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After scaling, teeth are polished using an electric or compressed gas-driven, low-speed hand piece or air polishing unit in light circular motions. Polishing smooths the tooth surface making it less adaptable to calculus build up.Sulcus Irrigation Air and water are utilized to flush any remaining debris from the sulcus and gum margins.

spacer-green.gifFlouride Application

Finally, flouride is applide to the teeth to strengthen the enamel and provide residual antibacterial effects for up to 30 days.

spacer-green.gifDiagnostics

Intraoral Digital Radiography, including post-extractions, are taken when there are pocket depths of greater than 3mm in dogs and 1mm in cats, there are fractured teeth, there are dead teeth, missing teeth not previously charted, and grade 2 or 3 furcations

spacer-green.gifTherapeutics

Following the cleaning and diagnostics the client is contacted regarding the findings. A treatment plan is established and an estimate is provide regarding recommended services. These services may include:

  • Periodontics
    Treatment of disease causing bad breath, discolored teeth or reddened or bleeding gums
  • Oral Surgery
    Complicated and full-mouth extractions, tooth fractures, palatal defects and oral tumor removal
  • Restorations (Bonding)
    Treatment to restore the tooth with bonding
  • Feline Dentistry
    Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesion (ORL) and Stomatitis treatment

spacer-green.gifPost Operative Care

Dental procedures are accompanied by pain assessment and appropriate treatment such as local, regional, or systemic analgesia. Additionally, antibiotics may be recommended.

spacer-green.gifHome Care

It is our goal to prevent dental disease in our patients. Home care is the most important aspect of this preventative process. It is Good to Chew, Better to Rinse, and BEST to Brush

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