As most of our patients will have dental needs at some point in their lifetime, our doctors will perform excellent oral evaluations, discuss the Stage of Dental Disease your dog or cat has, and give an overall recommendation for your pet. Dental disease can not only cause pain and inflammation of the oral cavity, but can lead to a whole host of other health problems including heart murmurs and systemic infections.
The doctors at Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach have a high level of experience in veterinary dentistry and surgery, but we are also very conservative about dental care. We want your pet to have routine care before the periodontal disease reaches the stage where multiple tooth extractions are necessary and the patient is in his or her geriatric years, with other concurrent health issues. Preventative maintenance is the key to good oral health in our pets.
After a Financial Estimate is provided to you for your pet’s dental care needs, Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork is performed to ensure that the procedure will be as safe as possible and that your pet doesn’t have any other health concerns that would preclude an anesthetic procedure.
The dental procedure itself includes IV fluid support for your pet , peri-operative pain management, general anesthesia, an Ultrasonic Scaling of the teeth above and below the gum line to remove tartar and plaque from the teeth, a fluoride polishing and any necessary tooth extractions based on specific dental disease parameters. If the tooth is damaged, fractured, painful, abscessed or has lost its attachment to the underlying structure of the bone, removal is necessary.
Your pet is monitored by a Licensed and certified Veterinary Nurse the entire time he or she is under the anesthetic procedure. All extractions are performed by a doctor. Some small breeds of dogs are much more predisposed to having dental disease than others, like Dachshunds and Yorkshire terriers.
Our dental procedures are performed on an Out-Patient basis, so the patients are admitted in the morning and are discharged later the same day. We keep you fully informed of how your pet is doing throughout the day in the hospital and provide you with detailed discharge instructions with any and all care and medications they will need once they are back home. Free dental recheck appointments are offered as well, to ensure that your pet is experiencing a normal recovery and feeling better after their care with us.
To make an appointment for a dental exam or cleaning, call us at 843-444-1234.