What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease starts with plaque, which hardens in to tartar. Tartar above the gum line can be seen and removed but plaque and tartar below the gum line is damaging and can lead to infection and damage to the tissue that connects the tooth and jawbone.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
The treatment of periodontal disease requires a thorough dental cleaning and evaluation under general anaesthetic. X-rays may also be required to assess the damage to the root and jaw.
The teeth are scaled to remove plaque and tartar, probed to check for pockets, any non-viable teeth are removed and then the teeth are polished. Pain relief and local nerve blockers are given to ensure your pet is comfortable on recovery.
Why a General Anaesthetic?
When you go to the dentist you know what is being done and the dentist can ask you how you are feeling. You help by sitting as still as possible. Your pet does not understand what we are doing and so react by moving and sometimes biting. Anaesthetic enables us to perform dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet. We can also assess and clean teeth more thoroughly if your pet is asleep during the procedure.
We will chart any findings highlighting what we have done and any areas of concern that require future monitoring.