Your veterinarian will assess each tooth to determine whether your pet will require antibiotics before and after the procedure. For a simple scale and polish, antibiotics are generally not prescribed. For cases of severe periodontal disease, your veterinarian usually will prescribe one or more antibiotics.
Most dogs and cats are anaesthetised for their dental procedures for 3 main reasons:
After anaesthesia is induced, your veterinarian will scale microscopic calculus from your pet’s teeth above and below the gumline with an ultrasonic scaler. They will then polish the teeth to prevent re-attachment of plaque.
If any teeth need to be extracted, Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic staff are well trained in delivering local anaesthetic prior to drilling the teeth.
Our patients get treated with the same equipment that you would be at your dentist. We use exclusively ACTEON brand equipment.
After a dental, most pets will be able to go home the same day. If your pet has an extraction, most pets will feel much more comfortable around 5 days after their procedure. Many owners notice their pet becoming more playful and content after their dental work.
It’s recommended to start a special dental diet for the first month after dental work to prevent new plaque formation. A checkup at 6 months is advised to ensure the continued success of the dental plan.