Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. More than 50% of cats and 85% of dogs, over the age of three, have dental problems that require professional treatment. The consequences of leaving dental disease untreated include:
- Oral pain and infection
- Loss of teeth
- Potential infection to major body organs; especially the heart and kidneys (up to 70% of heart disease can originate from dental issues)
- Diminished quality of life
Veterinary dentists use many of the same techniques and equipment as human dentists do. At the Clerkenwell Animal Hospital we carry out full dental procedures including cleaning, polishing and extractions of infected or broken teeth.
We also have access to a specialist dentist who attends the hospital as required to perform root canal treatment, oral surgeries, restorations, orthodonture, etc.
Pets that receive proper dental care live happier and healthier lives. The aim of the Clerkenwell Animal Hospital is to provide the highest quality dental care to our patients. Our access to specialists means we can assist with all of the following:
- Endodontic therapy
- Jaw fracture repair
- Surgical extractions
- Treatment of periodontal disease
- Oral cancer surgery
Dental care in animals requires that they undergo a general anaesthetic to ensure that we have complete access to sometimes very tiny jaws and that we can achieve the best outcome.
A comprehensive physical examination will be carried out by a veterinary surgeon prior to any anaesthetic and we would also advise a pre-operative blood test to check that all organs are functioning properly, particularly if your pet is over eight years of age.
Many clients are worried about anaesthetising an older pet, and whilst every anaesthetic involves some risk, age in itself should not preclude the administration of anaesthesia. All our nurses are qualified and registered and will monitor your pet throughout, patients can also be placed on intravenous fluids to maintain their blood pressure and kidney perfusion (flow rates) and we can tailor anaesthesia to the health status of your pet.
We have installed patient monitoring equipment to measure heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, carbon dioxide and blood pressure. All patients are covered and provided with a patient warming system and we use the most advanced anaesthesia equipment available.
Following a dental cleaning procedure, home care is advised to maintain a healthy mouth for as long as possible. A range of tooth brushes, pastes, dental chews, diets and toys are available to aid with ongoing dental health and hygiene, and our nurses can help you to provide it, whether you are starting with a young puppy or an elderly cat.