Regular professional cleanings are important for our feline friends. While sometimes a vocal cat can indicate dental pain, more often than not, cats tend to be asymptomatic and continue to eat.
While it’s useful for survival in the wild, a cat’s ability to suffer silently can hinder its owner’s ability to know when dental problems are occurring. Although cats have a higher tolerance for pain, that doesn’t make their pain any less valid or necessary to treat.
With regular dental care, we can detect and treat painful dental problems and, better yet, prevent the issues from occurring altogether.
Dental Methods Used
Our hospital uses modern and safe ultrasonic units to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line.
Dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface that’s more resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.
Some cats are more susceptible to tartar or “calculus,” which is a harder, calcified plaque. For this condition, we use dental scaling, followed by polishing and fluoride. Our ultrasonic dental unit has a high-speed vibration that gently but thoroughly cleans the teeth above and below the gum line.
If our veterinarian recommends them, advanced dental care and digital dental radiography are also available.
Before The Dental Procedure
Before your cat undergoes any procedure, our veterinarian will discuss your cat’s dental needs. If infection is noted in the tissue around the teeth, antibiotics may be prescribed.
Since your pet must be anesthetized for a thorough cleaning, any risk associated with the anesthesia will also be discussed. Blood tests to assure adequate organ function will be performed.
When your cat undergoes a dental procedure we ensure your cat receives state-of-the-art monitoring.