During every physical exam, our doctors check your cat’s teeth for tartar, gingivitis, and any obvious signs of resorptive lesions (teeth that the body has begun to break down and reabsorb), and they will recommend a dental cleaning if they see plaque or gingivitis. Periodic dentals are an important part of overall wellness care: tartar and gingivitis allow disease-causing bacteria from the mouth into the rest of your cat’s body, and resorptive lesions are painful teeth that need to be removed.
Your cat will be admitted between 7:30 and 8:30 am the morning of the procedure. One of our doctors will give your cat an examination and perform some pre-anesthetic blood work to determine the best anesthetic protocol for your cat. The dental cleaning itself will occur in the mid- or late morning (above is a video of an actual dental cleaning). We will keep your cat under close observation during recovery and call you when the procedure is finished to schedule a discharge appointment (usually around 4 pm).
If extractions were needed, we will send home pain medication to keep your cat comfortable while healing. Any infection will be treated with antibiotics. We will discuss at-home care with you at the discharge appointment.
Your cat may be a little tired or disoriented the night after a dental cleaning, but most cats are back to their normal selves within 6-12 hours. Call us if your cat is not eating or behaving normally after 24 hours.
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If your cat is in need of a dental cleaning contact Affectionately Cats today.