Tigard Pet Dental Care

Imagine never brushing your teeth. How would your teeth look? How would your mouth feel? Studies show that 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease. That number jumps to 75% when you look at pets over age three. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause infection, pain and tooth loss over time. It can also lead to microscopic changes in the heart, liver and kidneys and can cause serious health problems for your pet.

At Tigard Animal Hospital, we are committed to our patients' dental health and implement the highest quality dental care. We take a comprehensive approach to dental care including dental health assessment, treatment and prevention.

Below is a comprehensive summary of what is included in our dental packages:

Tigard Animal Hospital Dental Packages

Pre-anesthetic consultation with the veterinarian

  • You will meet one on one with a veterinarian the morning of your pet's procedure. At this visit, the doctor will evaluate your pet's teeth and discuss any anticipated oral surgery that may be needed. The doctor will also evaluate for any underlying health problems with an exam. This is a great time to ask the doctor any questions so we make sure all of your concerns are addressed.

Treatment plan presentation

  • A technician will review anticipated costs including any expected surgery for tooth extraction. In some-cases, the doctor may not be able to accurately estimate all costs, so if we exceed your estimate, we will make every attempt to contact you to let you know.

Comprehensive blood panel

  • Once your pet is admitted to the hospital, a blood panel is performed to evaluate their organ function. This helps alert our medical team to any potential complications before we induce anesthesia.

Safe and gentle anesthesia

  • Anesthesia keeps your pet comfortably sleeping while our medical team provides care. This includes sedation, intravenous catheter placement to deliver fluids, and intubation to protect their airway.

Warm air heat support

  • We use a warm air blanket which helps with a smooth, calm, and fast recovery.

Anesthesia monitoring

  • We use a state of the art full parameter monitor that alerts our medical team to any arising concerns so we can intervene early, ensuring your pet's safety.

Full mouth digital dental radiographs

  • Most dental problems occur under the gum line, including tooth root infection and tooth resorption.
  • Performing full mouth radiographs will help our doctor determine the best care for your pet.

Ultrasonic scaling and polishing

  • We use a combination of ultrasonic and hand scaling to clean your pet's teeth above and below the gum line. After scaling is complete, each crown is polished to smooth out any defects and slow down accumulation of tartar.

Dental charting

  • Just like our human hygienists, we keep a solid record of the condition of your pet's teeth and gums by closely examining each tooth individually for periodontal disease with a dental probe.

Dedicated technician recovery care

  • A recovery technician holds and calms your pet until they are fully awake so they don’t have to wake up alone.

Post procedure phone call and scheduled discharge time

  • Our medical team will contact you as soon as your pet is awake with an update and will schedule a discharge time. When it is time for your pet to go home, you will meet with the doctor or technician to review the procedure and answer any further questions as well as discuss aftercare.

Complimentary post-procedure progress exam

  • We offer this exam to all pets who have had any surgical extractions so we can monitor the healing process and help ensure a successful outcome.

Dental home care package and diet

  • Just like your dentist does, we provide you with a tooth brush for your pet. In addition, we also provide a dental chew sample and complimentary bag of Royal Canin food that helps brush your pet’s teeth.
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Pet dental care is important at Tigard Animal Hospital

Oral Health Care

Many health problems start in the mouth. Plaque, tartar, periodontal disease, and infected teeth serve as a source of inflammation and infection for the rest of the body. Dental disease is also a source of pain. There are many ways that dog and cat owners can help their veterinarian provide a healthy mouth for their pet. Our dental services at Tigard Animal Hospital include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery.

Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet's health at any age. Dental cleanings must be performed under general anesthesia in order to properly and safely examine and clean the teeth. We use modern and safe ultrasonic equipment; each tooth is thoroughly cleaned above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish the teeth to create a smooth, lustrous surface more resistant to plaque buildup.

After the teeth are cleaned and polished, your veterinarian will perform a thorough oral exam and check each tooth for any signs of dental disease (gum loss, root exposure, pockets around the root). Extensive dental disease requires the tooth to be removed (extracted). Many teeth require oral surgery to safely remove each individual root. We have extensive training and experience to perform these procedures properly. Oral nerve blocks are performed and additional injectable pain medications are administered if teeth are extracted. Your pet will also be sent home with oral pain medication. Pets recover quickly following these procedures, and, once the gums have completely healed, they resume eating their regular dry kibble even when multiple teeth are extracted.

Dental Disease Prevention

Your pet's dental health is an important part of his overall health. Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats in the United States. Dental health problems can lead to more serious conditions such as infections and heart or kidney disease. Many pets with untreated dental disease suffer from chronic pain and premature aging (often acting older than they should). Some symptoms which can indicate serious dental problems include bad breath, plaque build-up, gum irritation and redness, loose teeth, tooth discoloration and swelling in the jaw area.

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends annual oral examinations after the pet is a year old. Dental cleanings for adult dogs are performed under general anesthesia. In addition to regular exams and cleanings, there are some things you can and should do to help promote good dental health in your pet. Feeding your pet a hard, kibble-type pet food, providing appropriate chew toys and brushing his teeth are just a few ways to keep your pet's teeth healthy in between professional cleanings.

Dental disease can be easily prevented by visiting your veterinarian regularly for dental examinations and cleanings.

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AAHA Recommendations

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. This is recommended because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.