Annual dental exams and cleanings are recommended to protect your pet from many health problems and help them maintain a healthy and clean mouth.
Much like humans, regular dental care is an essential part of your pet’s health. Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, and leaving it untreated can lead to infection, pain, and loss of teeth.
The veterinary professionals at Champion Wood Animal Hospital are here to help! Our local clinic offers a range of dental services in Spring, TX, from teeth cleaning to teeth pulling. After an initial exam, we’ll personalize a treatment plan for your pet to get them smiling again.
Studies show that 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease. That number jumps to 75% with pets that are 3 years of age or older. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause infection, pain, and tooth loss over time. It can also lead to serious health problems like microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys. Because of this, we recommend an annual veterinary dental healthcare examination for all pets.
Many health problems start in the mouth. Plaque, tartar, periodontal disease, and infected teeth serve as a source of inflammation and infection for the rest of the body.
Dental disease is one of the most common problems that we see in dogs and cats. It can cause drooling, reluctance to eat, swelling, bad breath, redness of the gums, loose teeth and tooth discoloration.
Dental issues and dental related diseases can easily be prevented by visiting our veterinarians regularly for dental examinations and cleanings. We take a comprehensive approach to dental care including dental health assessment, treatment, and prevention.
Dog and cat dental cleanings are very similar to human dental cleanings, except that we are required to use anesthesia to properly and safely examine and clean the teeth. After the cleaning, our veterinarians perform a thorough oral exam and check for signs of disease like gum loss, root exposure, or pockets around the root.
Also similar to human dentistry, we do full mouth x-rays of your pet. This allows our veterinarians to be able to evaluate the roots of your pet's teeth as well as any disease or abnormalities that are located below the gum line and not visible on examination alone.
We make every effort to save teeth that we feel have a chance to be successfully treated. In many circumstances, however, periodontal disease is so advanced that treatment without extraction is unsuccessful. We only extract teeth that in the doctor's opinion are beyond saving.
Many teeth require oral surgery to safely remove each individual root. We have extensive training and experience to perform these procedures properly. Pain medications are administered in clinic and provided for in-home aftercare.
In some circumstances, your pet may require a thorough dental cleaning under general anesthesia. Our Spring veterinary dental professionals are well-equipped to make sure your pet is safe and healthy throughout this process.
Oral pre-anesthetic exam – While your pet is awake, one of our veterinary professionals will conduct a basic oral exam to determine the scope of the procedure.
Anesthesia monitoring – During the procedure, your pet will be placed under general anesthesia. We will monitor all of your pet’s vital signs, such as body temperature, heart rate, and breathing to ensure their safety.
Scaling and polishing – Our veterinarians use tools just like human dentists to remove plaque buildup from your pet’s teeth. Afterwards, we use a special paste to smooth and polish the tooth enamel.
Fluoride – Finally, our veterinarian will apply a fluoride or other anti-plaque treatment, which will help strengthen your pet’s teeth and discourage the future development of plaque.
*A deposit of $100 will be required for scheduling any anesthetic procedure. This deposit will then be applied to your pet's final bill at the time of discharge. If you do not show or cancel with less than 48 hours' notice your deposit will be forfeited.
After your pet’s procedure, we will provide you with thorough aftercare instructions. You can be reassured that your pet’s oral health has been taken care of.