Pet Dentistry Lake Geneva Wisconsin

Dental disease is one of the most common and painful conditions pets experience.  Bad breath, a sensitive mouth, tartar buildup, red gums, and trouble eating are all signs of dental issues.  Trauma from hard bones or toys, traumatic accidents, or other unexpected incidents can also lead to tooth fractures or other oral emergencies in an otherwise healthy mouth.  Because a large portion of the tooth is below the gingiva, many dental issues such as bone loss and fractured roots can not be seen with the naked eye.  Dental disease can also lead to complications of other organs including the heart, kidneys, and liver.

The majority of dogs and cats over the age of 2 years of age have a degree of dental disease that necessitates a professional cleaning.  These incorporate general anesthesia so all surfaces of the teeth and mouth can be examined.  Each tooth is examined by our veterinarians for signs of fracture, instability, looseness, gingival pocketing, and other signs of problems. The teeth are then carefully cleaned and polished by our experienced technicians.  We can utilize digital dental radiology to quickly obtain information about the teeth and surrounding bone that can not be seen with the naked eye.  The radiographs can also be emailed to a board-certified dentist to consult on cases of potential root canals, crowns, bone grafts, or other advanced oral procedures.

          

General anesthesia is necessary for a professional dental cleaning. We tailor the anesthetic protocol for each pet based on the age, size, pre-anesthetic bloodwork (if available) and any pre-existing health concerns. Typically, we administer sedation to relax your pet, give an induction agent to ease your pet into anesthesia, and then maintain them using the same gas anesthesia used for surgical operations. Throughout the procedure, we administer intravenous fluids to support the internal organs and monitor your pet's vital signs. You can expect your pet to be anesthetized for 20-25 minutes for a dental cleaning and polish.  Tooth extractions, oral biopsies, or other surgical procedures will add to anesthesia time.  Oral nerve blocks, much like are done in humans, are utilized to numb regions of the mouth so we can keep the gas anesthesia as light as possible.  Your pet will need to stay at our hospital for 1-3 hours following their procedure to allow sufficient time to "wake up" from the anesthetic.

Your pet may be tired the night of their cleaning due to the anesthetic.  Most pets are hungry and want to eat a light meal that evening.  In cases of infection, extractions, biopsies, or other conditions that may be painful, pain medications and/or antibiotics may be prescribed.  Food recommendations will also be given based on the procedures performed.

After the dental at our hospital, it is important to incorporate at-home care to help prevent plaque and tartar from building up again.  Most cats and dogs can be trained to accept having their teeth brushed.  When brushing your pet's teeth, you will need to use a veterinary toothpaste. Veterinary toothpastes work by enzyme action and do not include fluoride, which can be harmful if your pet swallows the toothpaste. Additionally, there are medicated dental chews and rinses available to reduce plaque accumulation on the teeth.  We recommend products given a seal of approval by the Veterinary Oral Health Council or those made by C.E.T. Dental.