Shae was brought into the clinic for a routine dental check-up. Upon examination the veterinarian scored her teeth as a Grade 2 out of 4.
Grade 2 is what we class as reversible dental disease, meaning intervention can in most cases return the mouth to its former healthy state. Once dental disease progresses beyond a Grade 3, there are irreversible changes that have taken place which mean the mouth will never be as healthy as it once was.
The Veterinarian advised placing Shae under general anaesthetic in order to further examine Shae's teeth. During this procedure the Vet would be able to perform a routine scale and polish, extract any teeth if necessary and take X-Rays to see what is happening beneath the gum line.
It was also advised that Shae undergo a pre-anaesthetic blood test prior to her procedure. A pre-anaesthetic blood test is advisable to examine the function of major organs and identify any abnormalities which may affect the surgical risk. This health screening is recommended particularly for older animals or any animals with pre-existing health problems. Shae’s blood results came back within the normal range so we went ahead with her dental procedure.
The teeth were also probed, which found that there was no pulp (blood supply to nerve) exposure, however the dentine (layer just under the enamel) was very thin in some areas. We also took some dental X-Rays to make sure that the tooth roots were healthy. The treatment was then completed by giving Shae's teeth a polish to reduce further plaque adherence. Shae's teeth showed minimal signs of plaque/tartar but did show signs that they had been affected by heavy wear, so while under anaesthetic, the veterinarian conducted a full dental examination, along with dental charting, scaling of the teeth, both ultrasonically and by hand.
Shae recovered well from her procedure and after some rest and TLC, was sent home with some pain relief. Shae’s owners were given some aftercare information that included a recommendation that they reduce the amount of bones Shae is given in order to decrease the likelihood of pulp exposure developing.
Visually monitoring your pets teeth and gums is the best way to pick up any changes early. At Fitzroy, we offer FREE nurse dental checks to assess the health of your pets teeth and gums. During these free checks we can also give advice on how to best care for your pet’s teeth at home, and as part of any routine health checks we conduct on your pet, their mouth will be examined and the findings recorded. Click here for more information.