What happens when my pet gets their teeth cleaned?

While under anesthesia, a comprehensive veterinary dental cleaning will include the following, without any pain or discomfort to your pet:​​Dental exam

  • A complete oral exam and radiographs (x-rays) to identify any problems beneath the gum-line. (This is similar to the x-rays you might receive from your own dentist.) 
  • A full cleaning under the gum-line where periodontal disease lurks.
  • Professional scaling and polishing of the crown, or visible part of your dog or cat's teeth.

Periodontal Disease in Small Animals

Periodontal disease is infection and inflammation of the periodontium (the tissues that surround and support the teeth) due to plaque bacteria and the host's response to the bacterial insult. Gingivitis is common in dogs and cats and refers to inflammation of the gingiva in response to plaque antigen.

  • DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING: Diagnosing what's wrong sometimes involves radiography or an ultrasound. A faster diagnosis reduces the stress on your pet and gives you greater peace of mind
  • DIET AND WEIGHT LOSS: Keeping fit is vital to your pet's health. Pets have different needs when it comes to exercise so let us help you determine the right diet. See more about pet nutrition.

Dog Dental at Horizon Animal Hospital

Ginger presented to Horizon Animal Hospital for a dental cleaning. While under anesthesia abscesses were noted around the apex of several of the teeth, and they had to be removed. A flap was created to remove the large canine (tooth #104). The flap was sutured to complete the extraction procedure. She is feeling much better now!