Dentistry

An Oral ATP (Assessment, Treatment, Prevention) is a comprehensive protocol for dealing with yout pet’s dental needs. An Oral ATP includes cleaning, polishing, charting, full-mouth radiographs (x-rays), Oravet sealant application, an assessment of any disease found to be present, and a treatment plan for correction. A home care plan is designed for each individual pet to prevent further disease and minimize the pain and discomfort resulting from periodontal disease.

An Oral ATP performed at Southwind Animal Hospital includes the following:

  • Preanesthetic Labwork to ensure your pet’s organs are healthy and it is safe to undergo anesthesia
  • Intravenous catheter and fluid therapy to assist in hydration, blood pressure regulation and to administer medications if complications arise.
  • Preanesthetic medication is given to help your pet relax as well as provide pain control.
  • Induction and maintenance of gas anesthesia using Sevoflurane
  • Full electronic monitoring of your pet’s heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature, carbon dioxide level, and EKG.
  • Temperature management with a warm water bed and forced air blanket
  • Full mouth digital radiographs
  • Detailed assessment of the oral cavity
  • Probing of every tooth in the mouth looking for abnormal pocket depths
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • OraVet Sealant
  • Detailed written summary of our findings (including photographs and radiographs) and treatment plan with estimated costs if needed
  • Home care instructions and dental kit
  • Homecare consultation 2 weeks after the initial visit.

Assessment

A thorough preanesthetic physical exam will be performed on your pet. Blood and urine analyses will be evaluated to ensure it is safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics such as an ECG or chest radiographs will be conducted if needed. Once your pet is safely under anesthesia, a full oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting will be performed.

Treatment

We clean and polish the crowns of the teeth as well as under the gumline. Each tooth is probed and radiographed. A fluoride treatment is then applied to each tooth. Finally Oravet (a dental sealant) is applied to retard the attachment of plaque. If advanced periodontal disease is found, a treatment plan will be developed and discussed with you at the end of the day.

Prevention

A complimentary follow-up examination will be scheduled 2 weeks after the Oral ATP appointment. At this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home as well as other products available that can help improve oral health.