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On the day of the procedure, you will be asked to drop off your dog after fasting, discuss the procedure with Dr. Carter and fill out some paperwork. Your pet will be examined prior to sedation and anesthesia. Your pet's teeth with be thoroughly examined, charted, photographed and xray'd. After the examination is completed Dr. Carter will then call you to explain in detail his finding and treatment plan. Our patients are usually ready to be picked up and released by mid to late afternoon.
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Dental disease is the #1 disease seen in General Veterinary practice. It is also the most under diagnosed and under treated disease seen. Periodontal Disease affects nearly 80% of all dogs and cats of over 3 years of age. Imagine never brushing your teeth and all the problems that could cause! Gingivitis starts when soft plague hardens into rough tarter on the teeth; gums look red and inflamed. Often the animal's breath is bad, but that is not always the case. Gingivitis then leads on towards advanced periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease causes bleeding gums, loss of teeth and infection that can spread to other major organs such as the heart and kidneys. Although dogs and cats have much higher pain tolerances than humans, their mouths are very sore as the disease progresses. The patient loses the self cleansing mechanism of the teeth by not being able to chew diligently. Plaque build on the teeth very fast, turning into what we call tartar, and also work underneath the gum line to where we cannot see without anesthesia, causing more pain for the patient day to day.
Bacteria cause plague formation on the tooth. As bacteria grow in the plague and calcium id deposited, plaque becomes a mineralized calculus. The oral infection caused by the plaque and calculus may enter the blood stream, potentially affecting the heart, liver and kidneys.
One of the biggest health threats periodontal disease poses is secondary heart valve infection. This is especially serious in pets that are older and pets that suffer from pre-existing heart conditions.
Good oral health care can extend a pet's life up to 5 years and reduce the risk of serious secondary problems.
Periodontal disease is painful to the animal. The mouth gets sore from the inflammation.