Advanced Dental Procedures
Our advanced dental and outpatient surgical suite in the Tower Hill office park off Tower Road in Gainesville. Our pet patients come to us directly from the community or are referred to us through their regular veterinarian.
What is different about CCVS dental procedures? I think my regular veterinarian does 'dentals'....
While your regular vet traditionally handles care for your pet's teeth, there are conditions or procedures that your vet recognizes as 'higher risk' or more advanced because of the age of your pet, or the condition of the teeth/gums/jaw that warrant a referral for a dental procedure at our hospital.
What exactly happens when my pet visits CCVS for a dental procedure?
We complete a detailed oral exam while your pet is under anesthesia. All following dental procedures done at CCVS are performed with the help of an IV catheter to administer IV fluids, anesthesia and other medications. A dental procedure would traditionally include a set of full mouth x-rays and a thorough teeth cleaning above and below the gumline. If necessary, we would perform needed extractions in order to decrease pain and infection in the mouth. A local anesthetic would be used to numb your pet's mouth so that they will wake up more comfortably.
If extractions are performed, we provide home-care expectations for what you might see (and to watch out for) after leaving our hospital. Over the following few days, it isn't unusual to see a small amount of blood in their saliva, especially when eating or drinking, and the sutures used should dissolve in 2-3 weeks. Many pet owners utilize an E-collar to prevent pawing as the local anesthesia wears off. Anesthesia can cause pets to be sleepy and wobbly in the post-surgery hours, but we do hear that some pets have the opposite effect and seem more agitated or vocal. We are available for questions or concerns between discharge and when your pet returns for a post-op recheck.
For prevention of future dental issues, there are a variety of products to help reduce plaque and tartar build up and we recommend speaking with your family veterinarian about some of the options available.