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Everything you need to know about
dog dental anesthesia

Dog dental anesthesia and veterinary dental procedures for cleaning and or extracting dogs teeth under general anesthesia

Whilst raw bones and a good diet are the fundamentals of good oral health for Fido, sometimes they aren't quite enough.

Some dog owners need and appreciate a helping hand to get started on the right track for optimum dental health for their pooch.

Depending on the symptoms of gum disease your dog is experiencing and the severity or grade of the periodontal disease present, we have listed the various procedures that are involved, when your dog undergoes a general anesthetic to have its teeth cleaned and/or extracted.

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Dog dental anesthesia - general anesthesia

Modern day dog dental anaesthesia sometimes referred to as general anaesthesia, are very safe for dogs.

Because it isn't possible to reason with our pets, general anesthesia together with the accompanying immobilisation is the only safe way veterinarians can clean and scale and/or do extractions.


Dog Under General Anaesthesia

Prior to dog dental anaesthesia being administered urine and blood tests are done in order to check that dogs are well enough to proceed to theater.

This is particularly relevant in the case of older dogs and/or dogs with heart murmurs, which may require alternative or additional drugs to keep them safe.

During dog dental anesthesia a tube is placed down the dog's throat into its lungs - this is used for administering anesthetic drugs and medical oxygen through­out the entire procedure. The tube also prevents any bacteria from the mouth enter the dog's respiratory system.

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Dental cleaning/prophylactic procedures


Dog Having Teeth Scaled

Removal of plaque and calculus from a dogs teeth is called "scaling".

Scaling is done with an ultra­sonic scaler, which vibrates and breaks up the calculus without causing any damage to the teeth.

Nothing is overlooked and all teeth surfaces are scaled, cleaned and polished.

After the ultra­sonic scaler has done its job, hand scalers are used to complete the removal of plaque and calculus from below the gingival margins or gum lines. This procedure is called "root planning and subgingival curettage".

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Polishing

Polishing, is carried out after scaling has been completed. Polishing is necessary, because very often some teeth can still be left with rough surfaces which, if left, would encourage the formation or reattachment of plaque/calculus. To avoid this happening, veterinarians polish dogs teeth with a polishing paste to restore a smooth healthy surface both above and below the gum lines.

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Extractions

Extractions are required when:

  • The tooth enamel is badly eroded.
  • Crowns have broken, or where only roots remain.
  • Teeth have abscessed.
  • The supporting periodontal tissues are damaged to the point where periodontits is present and they can no longer support a tooth/teeth.

Sometimes it is only possible to decide if a tooth can be saved, after the calculus has been removed. Other times, the decision whether to extract a tooth or try to save it can be influenced by the owner's ability or willingness to keep the dog's teeth and gums clean at home.

Where brushing at home is not going to happen it is better to extract a tooth/teeth to maintain the health of the rest of the mouth for as long as possible.

Once a tooth is extracted the socket is flushed with saline and then the bone crest is smoothed over with a round bur or file.


Sutured Teeth Sockets

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Alveoloplasty

This smoothing over process is called alveoloplasty, and is done primarily to allow vets to suter the soft gingival tissues together in such a way that there will not be any tension in the gums when the dog starts eating again.

Sockets are always closed with a suter to avoid any food or foreign objects getting lodged in the socket/s (the space where the teeth have come out of), and thus avoid setting off another round of infection and/or the formation of dry sockets.

For the first week or so after extractions it is wise to give your pooch soft foods.

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Antibiotics

Antibiotics, are routinely prescribed:

  • When gingivitis and or periodontitis are present.
  • Before and after normal cleaning and prophylactic procedures.
  • Before and after, when teeth have been extracted.

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Pain relief

Dogs experience the same discomfort after invasive dental treatment as humans, and most veterinarians describe pain-relievers as standard treatment depending on the severity of the procedure.

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IVF (intra­venous fluids)

IVF, intra­venous fluids are pretty standard now days, particularly as veterinarians recommend "nil by mouth" at least 6 hours prior to dog dental anaesthesia.

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Periodontal Disease in Dogs  |  Periodontal Grades  |  Prevention of Periodontal Disease  |  Dog Stomatitis  |  Dog Dental Anesthesia
Dog Bacterial Infections  |  Dog Dental Care  |  Puppy Breath  |  Dog Breath Cure  |  Your Dog's Diet  |  Dog Dental Facts
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their painful teeth    |     their flea problems    |     or their allergies

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