DENTAL TIP: Feline dental health is one of the most overlooked areas in small animal medicine. Cats suffer from some of the same dental problems as dogs such as fractured teeth, gingivitis, and oral masses. They also suffer from tooth resportion which can be extremely painful. If you notice your cat salivating excessively, bleeding from the mouth, having difficulty eating, losing weight, or bad breath, you cat may be suffering from dental disease. To check for pain, gently run a Q-tip along the gumline of all the teeth. If you cat's lower jaw spasms, this is an indication of pain and should be evaluated by your veterinarian.
Take a minute to watch this excellent video regarding the potential problems associated with dental cleaning in pets without anesthesia.
Dental Treatment Plans
Below we have dental estimate ranges for each "grade." Call our office to schedule your pet's consultation and receive an individualized dental treatment plan. Each treatment plan will vary based on which lab test is recommended, oral surgery time, and antibiotics and pain medication that may be needed.
Each treatment plan includes the following: (if appropriate)
- Blood work
- Dental cleaning & anesthesia
- IV Catheter & Fluids
- Anesthesia Monitoring
- Oral Surgery and surgical material
- Nerve Block
- Pain Medication
Grades 1 & 2: $243.00 to $400.00
Grade 3: $405.00 to $537.00
(Estimating 20-30 minutes oral surgery time)
Grade 4: $445.00 to $657.00
(Estimating 30-60 minutes oral surgery time)
The Damage of Dental Disease
Periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed condition in adult dogs and cats. Left untreated, it can cause many other illnesses including kidney, heart and blood infections. Without proper cleaning of the teeth and keeping the gums healthy, your pet could be harboring bacteria, which could be causing harm without you even knowing. Like any other health condition, one of the most powerful weapons an owner has against the progression of this disease is awareness. Remaining diligent and recognizing changes in the appearance of your pet’s teeth can go a long way toward preventing more serious problems.
Plaque is the primary cause of periodontal disease due to its large bacterial component. Plaque forms within hours after cleaning teeth. Left unchecked, plaque can soon cover the entire tooth surface. Regular brushing and the mechanical “brushing” action of chewing certain dental diets and treats can help plaque removal.
Calculus (Tartar) is mineralized plaque. It is deposited on the teeth in layers. Chewing action may remove some tartar, but most remains until professionally scaled off in a dental cleaning. Tartar is characterized by a yellowing of the teeth and is often accompanied by bad breath.
With gingivitis, the gums become inflamed. You may notice reddening, swelling and bleeding of the gums as well as bad breath At this stage, the damage in usually reversible, but can lead to more serious consequences if allowed to progress.
If gingivitis is left untreated, the inflammation will progress to periodontits. At this stage, the inflammation extends into the deeper connective tissue surrounding the teeth and can result in bone loss. The teeth become loose, painful and eventually fall out or need to be pulled. It can become uncomfortable for pets to eat; so poor nutrition also becomes a concern.
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