The importance of regular anesthesia dental cleanings and oral examination!

Hello FPD friends! We had a very interesting procedure this week that I thought I would share with you. It’s a good reminder of why regular dental cleanings and oral examinations under anesthesia are so important! You never know what you will find!
A middle aged, labrador mixed breed dog with only minor tartar came in for a dental cleaning. When looking at her teeth from the outside everything looked pretty good as you can see from the after photo here of the right side of her mouth. Even this tooth shown in the 2nd photo with the blue arrow looks pretty normal (this is her upper right 1st molar). But once we were able to look inside her mouth we found that the tooth that looked so normal from the outside was literally destroyed on the inside by a huge cavity, leaving only a shell of the tooth (3rd picture). This tooth was definitely causing her pain and would have eventually also caused damage to the healthy teeth around it. Luckily it was caught in time! And, believe it or not, the exact same thing had happened to the upper molar on her other side! Both teeth were extracted and this dog will be feeling a lot better! There is no substitute for regular, anesthesia dental cleanings and oral examinations!

If you’re looking for a veterinary dental cleaning for your dog or cat in the Vancouver, WA area (Clark County, Portland, Oregon, etc.) please give us a call at (360) 859-3790!

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