Almost all dogs and cats reach a point in their lives where dentistry is necessary. Usually around the age of 3, most pets are in need of a dental cleaning. Yearly dental cleaning is usually a must for pets at this age with some requiring cleaning every 6 months. Humans brush every day, (well most of us), and we still need dental cleanings every 6 months with radiographs taken once a year. The same scenario would be ideal for our pets as well.
Signs of Dental disease include:
- Bad breath
- Painful when eating
- Pawing at mouth
- Swelling on the face
Teeth left untreated will be become infected. Infections involving the teeth and gums will spread to other areas of the body including the heart, liver, and kidneys. Prolonged oral infections can lead to bone loss causing a pet’s jaw to become unstable.
Dentals performed on pets must be done under general anesthesia in order to perform the procedure safely and correctly. Dental radiographs are taken to look for tooth decay, bone loss, infections, and other ailments hidden beneath the gum line. An ultrasonic scaler is used to remove plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. Teeth that are loose, broken, or diseased are removed and extraction sites treated as needed. Finally, the teeth are given a good polishing and fluoride treatment.
Dental prices at SurgiPet range from $300 to $750 depending on the severity of your pet's teeth. All of our dentals include full mouth radiographs.