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Anesthetic Pet Dental Care With A Veterinarian in Lake Forest

Would you believe that dogs and cats that have proper pet dental care live up to 5 years longer than those who don’t? Your veterinarian in Lake Forest offers expert anesthesia-based dental services for your dog or cat.

Dog with toothbrush in mouth after seeing Veterinarian in Lake Forest

Periodontal Disease Explained By Your Lake Forest Veterinarian

Dogs and cats don't often get cavities like their owners but they do suffer regularly from periodontal or gum disease. Bad breath, gum inflammation, discolored teeth, loose or missing teeth, tartar, plaque and tooth abscesses are all part of this disease process.  Periodontal disease causes a progressive loss of bone which can be quite painful for your pet. In addition, oral infections can result in bacteria entering the bloodstream and damaging organs or other body systems which can shorten your pet's life.

Signs That Your Pet Needs A Dental Exam

  • Bad breath

  • Visible tartar

  • Loose or missing teeth

  • Drooling

  • Bleeding gums

  • Pawing at the teeth and mouth

  • Difficulty eating

  • Discharge from the nose

  • Swelling under the eyes

  • Lethargy

  • Loss of appetite

Prevention Is The Answer

The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable through regular oral examinations, thorough dental cleanings, and home dental care. Brushing, rinses, special treats, hard chew toys, and dental diets (Hill's T/D) all aid in extending the positive effects of a professional anesthetic dental cleaning.

Why Anesthetic Is Necessary

Anesthesia is necessary so that your veterinarian can thoroughly examine your pet's mouth and evaluate all of the teeth in a safe environment. Your pet is calm and pain free throughout the entire procedure. Because it is not practical or even possible to use numbing injections of Novacaine as is done in people, any dental work that may be painful such as deep cleaning, removal of infected teeth, periodontal therapy, and x-rays, all require the use of anesthesia. Preanesthetic blood work and an EKG will be done prior to an anesthetic dental to evaluate your pet's health and to rule out any hidden concerns that could affect your pet's ability to undergo the anesthetic procedure.
 During the anesthetic process, an IV catheter delivers IV fluids to your pet. A technician monitors your pet's vital signs using a variety of state-of-the-art equipment. Your pet's comfort, safety, and wellness is our primary concern and we are always tailor dental care according to the patient's unique needs.

What to Expect

After  the induction of anesthesia, an ultrasonic scaler is used to remove the dental tartar on the surface of the teeth as well as beneath the gum tissue. The enamel surface is then polished with prophy- paste to decrease the build up of further plaque. Obviously loose or broken teeth are extracted. However, Dental x-rays are imperative to evaluate the roots of all the teeth to determine if any extractions (not readily seen) are necessary. Injectable pain medication is used throughout the dental procedure to keep it comfortable and pain-free. Antibiotics and pain medications will be prescribed for home use if indicated. Your pet will recover in a quiet area under close supervision and should be able to go home the same day.

Call Our Office Today To Learn More!
Health is the ultimate gift you can give your cat or dog and our veterinarians at Lake Forest Animal Clinic are here to partner with you to provide safe anesthetic dental care. Call us if you have any questions and to schedule a dental evaluation for your pet today.

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