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  • Routine Dental Exams

    If your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms below, please call us to schedule an appointment at 281-354-8099.

    As periodontal disease progresses, you may observe the following signs:

    • Bad breath
    • Red inflamed gums
    • Yellow or discolored teeth
    • Reluctance to play with or chew toys
    • Difficulty eating or dropping food
    • Pawing at the face
    • Abscesses in the cheek area
    • Sensitivity around the mouth
    • Loose or missing teeth
    • Loss of appetite
    • Drooling
    • Irritability or depression

     Dental Disease:

    • Gingivitis - an inflammation of the gums.
    • Plaque - is the first buildup of material adhering to the enamel of the tooth and is composed of a mixed colony of bacteria in an intercellular matrix of bacteria, salivary polymers, remnants of epithelial cells and white blood cells. It can cause calculi buildup and periodontal disease.
    • Tartar (Calculus) - is calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate combined with organic material, deposited on the surface of the tooth.
    • Pyorrhea - inflammation of the gums and tooth sockets, often leading to loosening of the teeth and accompanied by pus.
    • Periodontitis - a general term for a disease of the oral cavity that attacks the gum and bone and delicate tissues around the teeth.
  • What To Expect

    We perform our dental procedures on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment only.  On the day of your appointment you will need to drop off your pet between 7am to 8:30am. Make sure pet has been fasted for 8 hours prior to the appointment.

    Please plan ahead and allow proper time for the following:

    • Filling out and signing a surgical release form - allowing permission for the Dr to perform the dental cleaning and any other procedures needed.
    • Answer questions regarding your pets recent health - info relayed to the Dr. to help with his pre-anesthetic exam.
    • Okay or declined a pre-anesthetic profile (bloodwork) - may not be optional depending on your pets health and age.
    • Possible waiting time - receptionist helping other clients or for techs to be available due to other patients.

    The dental will be performed in the morning (time varies), all surgical procedures will be done by 12pm.

    The receptionist will give you a call sometime after 12pm to inform you that your pet is recovering, and go over pick up times which will be between 4pm & 5:30pm. If you have not heard from us by 3pm, please fill free to give us a call 281-354-8099.

    *If you wish to speak with Dr. Elmer to go over any concerns, please use this time to schedule a consultation time, to avoid a long waiting time*

    Once you arrive to pick up your pet, the receptionist will:

    • Go over the Dr notes
    • Explain any medications going home
    • Explain home care instructions
    • Answer any questions or concerns you may have

    If you have scheduled a consultation with the Dr, this will be the time to remind the receptionist, so they can direct you into an exam room.

  • Our Dental Procedure Explained

    1. Pre-Anesthesia Exam – A full physical examination (eyes, nose, ears, mouth, abdomen, legs, lymph nodes, skin, and coat, as well as listening to the heart, lungs, recording temperature and weight).
    2. Pre-Operative Antibiotic Injection – To prevent infection due to the bacteria that is released from the plaque during the scaling of the teeth. (In special cases, some pets will be placed on oral antibiotics 2 days prior to their teeth cleaning)
    3. Place IV-Catheter – (By case) Allows for rapid and direct distribution of medications and fluids during the dental procedure.
    4. Pre-Operative Blood Panel – Evaluates the liver, kidneys, electrolytes, and blood counts to ensure anesthesia is catered to your pet’s medical conditions.
    5. Sedation and Pain Injection – Decreases pre-operative anxiety and provides pain relief during and after the procedure. This also helps to relax your pet in preparation for anesthesia induction.
    6. Anesthesia Induction – Injections are given to sedate and an endotracheal tube is placed to administer inhalant anesthesia and oxygen and to maintain respiration during the procedure.
    7. Pulse Oximetry and Anesthesia Monitoring – Assists in monitoring the heart rate and oxygen saturation while under anesthesia. A technician trained in anesthesia will also be with your pet at all times to monitor their temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and EKG.
    8. IV-Fluid Therapy – (By case) Helps maintain hydration and blood pressure during the procedure.
    9. Temperature Management Heating Pad – The use of proper heating/warming pads to keep your pet warm and comfortable while under anesthesia, as anesthesia can cause a drop in body temperature.
    10. Ultrasonic Scaling – High powered instrument supplying high frequency vibrations, used to remove plaque, bacteria, and calculus from the teeth.
    11. Sub-gingival Curettage – The removal of calculus and plaque found on the tooth underneath the gum line.
    12. Probing for Pockets and Gingival Recession – Measures pocket depths around each tooth and checks for exposure of root surfaces to establish periodontitis and periodontal pockets, and determine if x-rays and extractions may be necessary.
    13. Irrigate – Flushing of the mouth to remove loosened plaque and bacteria from dental surfaces.
    14. Dental X-ray – (By case) After probing, an x-ray may be taken to determine whether extractions are necessary due to bone loss and tooth decay, and to identify open root canals and infected tooth roots.
    15. Polish – To smooth the surface after the scaling of the teeth to decrease the adhesive ability of plaque in the future.
    16. Recovery – A technician will monitor your pet after anesthesia until they are awake with the ability to stand up and has recovered swallowing reflexes.
    17. Remove IV Catheter – (By case) The IV catheter remains in place until your pet is ready to be discharged. A pressure bandage is placed to prevent bleeding, and is usually ready to be removed 15-20 minutes after.
    18. Dental Charting – The doctor and technician will complete a detailed medical chart after the procedure, along with home care instructions.
    19. Technicians/Receptionist Phone Call - they will inform you about your pets procedure, recovery, and give you the pick up time of : between 4pm and 5:30pm.
    20. Home Care and Dental Aftercare – The technician or receptionist will go over any home care instructions and questions you may have and recommended preventative care techniques to help keep your pet’s teeth clean and plaque free in between cleanings.
  • Home Dental Care

    Effective dental care tools:

    • Toothpaste - Tarter control or baking soda formula.
    • Dental Gel Solution - Easy-to-apply, chlorhexidrine solution kills bacteria that leads to plaque and gum disease.
    • Toothbrushes - Select a soft nylon toothbrush, designed especially for dogs, sized properly for your pet. Consider a finger toothbrush if your dog proves to be brush-fussy.
    • Dental Treats and Toys - A selection of products are designed to provide dental benefits, including Greenies®, a tasty, nutritious chew formulated to clean stubborn tarter and plaque off of teeth.