When your pet has a dental check we will grade the teeth from 0 to 4. Grades 1 and 2 are when the teeth have a small amount of plaque or tartar on them and gingivitis is mild.
Grades 3 and 4 are when the periodontal disease is worse, the tartar build up is greater and some teeth may need to be removed. Having regular dentals when the teeth are at a Grade 1 or 2 prevents the disease from progressing to a Grade 3 or 4, tooth loss and systemic infections.
All dentals are performed under general anaesthetic and we ask that your pet be faster overnight, though water should be allowed at all times.
A dental on a Grade 1 or 2 mouth is carried out by one of our trained nursing staff under veterinary supervision. It involves an ultrasonic scale and polish of all teeth to remove the plaque and tartar. Following a Grade 1 or 2 dental your pet should be able to go home that evening when fully recovered from the anaesthetic.
A dental on a Grade 3 or 4 mouth is carried out by a veterinarian as extractions (tooth removal) may be required. Your pet may need to stay in hospital overnight to ensure adequate pain relief and antibiotics will be required.