Small Animal Dentistry

During your companion’s annual physical, our team will assess your pet for dental (periodontal) disease. Dental disease is one of the most common medical conditions we see and occurs when the accumulation of plaque and tartar results in gum recession and/or infection of the gums, tooth socket and occasionally surrounding bone. Those of us that have had a toothache can relate to how painful dental disease can be! Since dental disease can affect other organs in the body such as the heart, liver and kidneys, we want to make sure we keep our companions’ mouths healthy.

Once tartar accumulates, a professional dental scaling and polishing under general anesthesia will be necessary to remove the tartar and address underlying infection. During the procedure, dental radiographs (x-rays) will be performed to evaluate the health of the teeth and surrounding bone. Severely diseased teeth may need to be extracted (removed) in order to re-establish a healthy mouth and help our pets become pain free. Pain medication is provided to all patients who have undergone extractions to help them recover quickly from the procedure. Afterward, our team will work closely with you to formulate a plan to help minimize tartar accumulation and promote dental health.

We understand that anesthesia and surgery can evoke a very emotional response in a pet parent’s heart. While anesthesia unfortunately carries a small risk, we do everything possible to ensure the safety of your pet during a dental procedure.

We start with a thorough pre-operative physical examination and bloodwork to ensure that no pre-existing conditions are present. We tailor every anesthetic protocol to each patient based on weight, age, concurrent disease and procedure being performed—there is no “one size fits all” approach.

Our expert technicians place an intravenous (IV) catheter and IV fluids are started. This allows us to ensure proper hydration and to maintain our patient’s blood pressure while they are under anesthesia. During the dental procedure, your companion’s blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and oxygenation levels are continually monitored and recorded by a highly trained nurse anesthetist. Should even the smallest changes in these parameters be noted, immediate changes to the anesthetic protocol are implemented to correct them. This strict monitoring is continued until your companion is completely recovered from anesthesia.

Powder Ridge Veterinary Hospital

375 Baileyville Road

Middlefield, CT 06455

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Monday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Thursday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday Closed