The doctor examines and evaluates Scout's dental disease.

Featured Procedures: Anesthetic Dental Cleaning

Pets are intuitive, and can pick up on subtle clues in our behavior.  Any trepidation in the owner is easily picked up in our behavior by the patient, making their experience at the veterinarian all the less pleasant.  Keeping regular scheduled visits are an important part of normalizing the experience for your pet, but  some uneasiness comes from the owner’s not knowing precisely what the procedures will entail.   To wit, Dr. Suehiro has commissioned artist Dennis Nozawa to illustrate the different procedures we perform here at BHSAH.  There will be one procedure featured every month, and they will be added to the new Procedures page in the top menu.  

So join our mascot Scout on a detailed illustrated journey through our many veterinary  proceduers.

Anesthetic Dental Cleaning

Scout is anesthetized, intubated, and closely monitored.
Scout is anesthetized, intubated, and closely monitored.
The doctor examines and evaluates Scout's dental disease.
The doctor examines and evaluates Scout’s dental disease.
Teeth are graded on the basis of the amount tartar, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
Teeth are graded on the basis of the amount tartar, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
Full mouth digital X-rays are taken first to evaluate all the teeth and their roots. This helps us determine teeth need extra care or extraction
Full mouth digital X-rays are taken first to evaluate all the teeth and their roots. This helps us determine teeth need extra care or extraction
Every tooth is probed and depths of the gingival pockets are measured and recorded. The doctor reviews both the X rays and the dental chart to determine the appropriate course of action.
Every tooth is probed and depths of the gingival pockets are measured and recorded. The doctor reviews both the X rays and the dental chart to determine the appropriate course of action.
Tartar is removed with an ultrasonic scaler. This instrument allows us to remove harmful tartar underneath the gum line.
Tartar is removed with an ultrasonic scaler. This instrument allows us to remove harmful tartar underneath the gum line.
Teeth that have severe dental disease are extracted. In teeth that can be saved an antibiotic gel can be placed in the periodontal pocket.
Teeth that have severe dental disease are extracted. In teeth that can be saved an antibiotic gel can be placed in the periodontal pocket.
Teeth are polished. Fluoride, then a dental sealant is applied.
Teeth are polished. Fluoride, then a dental sealant is applied.

 

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