SCVG Pet Dental - Dentistry Overview

SCVG Pet Dental - Norco, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta

Keep Your Dog or Cat Feeling Their Best With Regular Dental Care!

Sometimes, keeping Tiger’s or Fluffy's chompers healthy can feel like big job. Luckily, SCVG Pet Dental provides advanced veterinary dentistry services in addition to basic dental care.

SCVG Pet Dental - Norco, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta

This includes routine care such as cleaning, along with treating more complicated conditions. Because our pets don’t brush their teeth every night before bed like we do, tartar can firmly adhere to the teeth.

In order to remove this tartar, we perform dental scaling, our most basic dental procedure. During the scaling process our team uses sonic and ultrasonic power scalers as well as hand held instruments to remove this tartar from the surface of the teeth both above and below the gumline.

Our Veterinarians Use a Comprehensive 6-step Protocol When Performing a Standard Dog or Cat Dental Treatment

This protocol can be amended depending upon factors including preexisting medical conditions, or based on information gleaned during the examination itself. However, for reference, our dog and cat dental treatment protocol includes: SCVG Pet Dental - Norco, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta

1. General anesthesia, which is necessary in most cases for us to do a thorough dental examination and professional cleaning. We use only the safest anesthesia protocols and human quality products. Your pet will be continually monitored during the entire procedure and post-procedure for the safest and most comfortable experience.

2. A complete dental exam will be performed before we begin any dental procedure. Dental radiographs are taken at this time. Dental radiology allows our veterinarians to view the internal anatomy of the teeth including the roots and surrounding bone. A thorough dental chart is used to record the dental health of your pet, and any procedures done during the dental cleaning.

3. Ultrasonic and hand-scaling to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. A thorough scaling below the gumline is critical to the success of any dental cleaning, as this is where illness-causing bacteria hide.

4. Polishing to smooth the surface of the teeth after scaling, making them resistant to additional plaque formation.

5. Flushing to remove dislodged tartar, plaque and bacteria from the mouth.

6. If it is determined that an infected tooth requires extraction, or there is a problem with the gums that must be addressed, then and only then will oral surgery be recommended.

Tooth extraction is a very common procedure. It is the goal of our practices for your pets to retain as many teeth as possible. However, sometimes extraction is the only option to relieve pain or ensure that periodontal disease does not advance. If not extracted, many times a diseased tooth can compromise the surrounding tissue and neighboring teeth. If caught early, there are more treatment options available for periodontal disease.

SCVG Pet Dental recommend anesthesia for dental procedures. Because of this, we may require a full physical exam prior to dental work, and sometimes run blood tests. Inside the mouth, we utilize anesthetic gel and local anesthetic injections to reduce pain. We closely monitor your pet the entire time they receive anesthesia.

For details on preparing for your pet's dental treatment, visit our Menu of Services page. 

 

We keep an eye on oxygen saturation and carbon dioxide levels in their blood along with their blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. In order to help maintain the health of your pet’s mouth and teeth, you should bring your pet in for a dental check-up once a year. During these routine exams, our practices include a general dental exam as well as teeth and gum cleaning if needed.

Catching dental problems in the early stages can greatly help your pet in the long run. Contact SCVG Pet Dental right away if your pet experiences any of the following: 

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Your pet shies away when you try to touch their mouth area
  • Excessive drool
  • Dropping food when eating
  • Bleeding in your pet’s mouth
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Yellowish brown crust of tartar around the gum line
  • Missing, loose or broken teeth

Give your pet the gift of healthy teeth and gums - their smiling face will say thank you! 

Call SCVG Pet Dental today at (951) 677-5401, or click here to schedule your appointment online.  

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