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Dentistry

In addition to screening for tooth and gum health, including tooth decay and periodontal disease, during your pet’s wellness visits, Saugus Animal Hospital veterinarians provide comprehensive dentistry care in the practice’s dental treatment suite.

The state-of-the-art suite is equipped with the latest pet dental technology, including digital dental radiography and specialized veterinary dental technology. All of our veterinarians have completed advanced training and are highly experienced in veterinary dentistry.

Why is it important to have regular dental check-ups?


 


Just as you go to the dentist once or twice a year, your pets must also receive regular dental examinations. Periodontal disease is the most common disease in dogs and one of the most common diseases in cats. The risk of your pet developing tooth and gum problems can be significantly reduced by establishing good habits year-round at home. While it is helpful to brush your pet’s teeth, periodic brushing is not enough to ensure full dental health. We are happy to work with our clients to develop a plan that works well for pets and their caregivers. Some aspects of dental health that you can apply at home include often tooth-brushing, specific treats and water additives that can enhance oral health and awareness of dangerous dental signs and symptoms.



Oral Health Assessment & Treatment

Periodontal disease in cats and dogs develops in stages. When diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages, permanent damage to your pet’s teeth and gums can be avoided or minimized. In later stages, periodontal disease leads to bone and tissue loss, as well as infection. More intensive treatment is needed to manage advanced disease to make your pet comfortable.

The dental services available at Saugus Animal Hospital include a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment and commonly referred to as a dental cleaning. For your pet’s comfort and safety, dental procedures are performed under general anesthesia, adhering to the same strict safety and pain-management protocols on which we insist for surgical procedures. These include pre-treatment blood testing to ensure your pet is healthy enough to receive the procedure, an intravenous catheter to keep your pet well hydrated and maintain a normal blood pressure, continuous monitoring by a technician and medications before, during and after the procedure to keep your pet relaxed and comfortable.

Dental cleaning procedures involve removing all of the plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces, as well as deposits under the gum line, a thorough evaluation of every tooth to determine if repair or extraction is necessary, x-rays to identify disease hidden below the gum line, polishing to help prevent new plaque and tartar from forming, recording the condition of your pet’s teeth in his/her chart so we can monitor progress and, when necessary, extractions. When the procedure is complete, we will show you before and after pictures, and work with you to develop a home dental plan customized for your pet’s individual needs.