Teeth examinations begin at puppy/kitten age with a bite check. Possible bite problems should be addressed already in the puppy/kitten stage of life. Puppies are also tracked with the removal of milk teeth and the apperance of permanent teeth. Sometimes milk teeth must be removed from the path of permanent teeth.
Dental care is usually checked at every vaccination visit. When your pet has tartar, it is time to be more thorough in dental care.
We do professional tartar removal with inhalator drugs and intubation. The tube prevents bacteria and tartar pieces from entering the respiratory system.
The health of the teeth in an awake animal can not be evaluated properly. When an animal is asleep during tartar removal, we also evaluate the teeths health. We use a periodontal meter which measures periodontal depth and also the chance of bone less around bad teeth. When needed we can take teeth x-rays to clearify the diagnosis. The most common findings are periodontitis and fractures and in cats resorptive lesions.
At Wasavet the owner can take home their pet’s tooth record, in which we mark the findings and procedures done.
Pets tartar removal is a clinical procedure. The pet is sedated and left at the clinic over an agreed time.
Tartar is usually removed under inhalation anesthesia with an ultrasound device and the teeth are polished. Tartar can also be removed in other dental procedures for hygienic reasons.
Teeth can be extracted for example for these reasons:
The tooth is loose, inflamed, resorbed or broken. The animal is suffering from defected teeth and can cause constant toothache. In these case the tooth should be removed. If needed we use dental x-rays as an aid in tooth extractions for diagnostic imagery.
Puppies have deciduous (baby teeth) teeth that usually get replaced by permanent teeth until the age of 5-6 months. Some breeds does not loose all the deciduous teeth even after the permanent teeth have erupted. Puppies are usually 5-6 months old when they come to the clinic for deciduous teeth extractions.
It is often recommended to come to the clinic and show the puppy, if the deciduous teeth aren’t starting to fall out.
When the pet is brought for a dental appointment, a dental map is done and pet’s occulsion is evaluated. Every tooth is separately inspected and their condition is marked on the dental map. If needed dental x-rays can aid in the mapping.
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