We will gladly reach out to your full-service veterinarian and facilitate the transfer of your pet’s medical records. Our doctor and medical team will review of any history provided by your pet's full-service veterinarian.
This valuable information may provide clues to specific dental issues and potentially provide insight to systemic problems.
A thorough examination of the entire patient is performed the morning of the appointment. This is our opportunity to consider the whole patient regarding risk and rewards of anesthesia and dental health treatments.
We recommend pre-anesthesia bloodwork for all our patients, and it is required for our geriatric patients. CBC and chemistry analysis will help the veterinarian identify underlying health issues and determine which medications are safe and appropriate for your pet. We collect and interpret bloodwork the same day as surgery.
All oral health services require your pet to be completely anesthetized. We work diligently to ensure that every anesthetic episode is as safe as possible.
Once your pet is safely asleep, our veterinary team will complete a thorough oral examination and assessment. We will be looking for any signs of oral disease or damage including:
Occasionally, owners are shocked at how much disease we discover in their pet's mouth. Keep in mind, disease can hide under tarter accumulation, under the gum line or deep inside the mouth where a painful pet is not willing to let you look while they're awake. That's why safe anesthesia and thorough assessments are so important for diagnosing and treating dental disease!
We recommend full mouth dental radiographs for all our oral health patients. X-rays allow for assessment of the teeth and supporting structures hidden under the gumline.
After the necessary assessments have been completed, we will immediately move into the treatment phase of the process. We will NOT be calling you before proceeding with treatment, including extracting teeth.
Sometimes disease or damage has not progressed to a point where a tooth needs to be extracted. This is good news! In these cases, our team will scale and polish the healthy teeth and recommend regular dental cleanings, close veterinary monitoring, or at-home oral care to prevent or slow down the progression of disease. We love it when we can prevent disease AND save teeth!
In many cases, disease or damage has progressed to such extreme levels, the only treatment option available is extraction.
Prior to any extraction, a nerve block providing 6-8 hours of local pain control will be administered.
Frequently, incisions in the adjacent gum tissue are utilized to create a flap and provide access to the tooth. Often, bone that overlies each root is removed, and the tooth is sectioned into individual roots. The remaining tooth socket is flushed to remove any debris, and the surgery site is closed with absorbable sutures.
Many pet owners are concerned their pet will not be able to eat after a tooth (or teeth) has been extracted. Chances are your pet was not using those painful teeth anyway! After the healing phase, most pets return to their typical eating and playing habits (many pets even eat better and play more after dental disease has been treated!)
Immediately following your pet's anesthesia event and/or surgery, they are moved to our recovery area where they are closely supervised by our medical team and supported while they wake up. Before pickup or transfer to an overnight clinic, you will be provided:
Sometimes these surgeries can be elected at the time of scheduling oral health services due to previous veterinary recommendations. However, in the event that Good Sam discovers surprise oral disease during the anesthetized oral assessment and recommends one or more of the following surgical treatment plans, we will reach out and ensure you have the option of electing or declining.