Dental disease is the most common disease that we see in cats. It is a serious condition that can affect your cat’s appetite, heart, liver and kidney functions. Your cat can be trained to allow brushing of his/her teeth. If this is not possible then there are proven dental therapies and oral sealants that can be implemented.
If proper at home dental care is given then dental cleanings would start at 3 years old with a dental exam and full mouth dental radiographs. All cats will receive medication to calm them and prevent any anxiety before anesthesia is started for the dental cleaning.
An IV catheter and fluids are given to prevent dehydration, regulate blood pressure and heart rate. During surgery heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygenation level, temperature and blood pressure are monitored. Digital dental radiographs (x-ray) will allow the veterinarian to evaluate the entire tooth, periodontal ligament, and bone structures. Most of the tooth is below the gum line which makes it only visible with radiographs.