Pet Dental Care

Pet Dental Care

The Facts

Getting her teeth cleaning

At Intermountain Pet Hospital we care about the health and comfort of our patients and this includes dental care. Routine dental cleanings are a fundamental part of your pets' health care.

How do I know if my pet's teeth need to be cleaned?

During your pet's routine health exam, the veterinarian will also check your pet's teeth. They look for tartar on the gum-line, which indicates a dental cleaning is needed. If left untreated, dental disease can occur and their teeth can become infected. It is painful and can pose a possible health risk. 

My pet's teeth need to be cleaned, now what?

Does my pet need a dental cleaning every yearAt IPH, we make every effort to provide excellent and affordable dental care for every pet.  Did you know that approximately 40% of dental disease us under the gum line and cannot be discovered unless dental radiographs are taken? We believe that full-mouth dental radiographs are so important in determining your pets dental disease that we include complimentary radiographs with every cleaning!

What is the cost of a dental cleaning at IPH?

  • Cats: $319.00
  • Dogs: $387.00
  • Ferret: $498.00
Why we dont do anesthesia free pet dental cleanings

A Pet Dental Cleaning Includes:

  • Full Dental Exam and Consult
  • IV Catheter and Fluids
  • General Anesthesia with Dedicated Anesthetic Monitoring Nurse that monitors throughout the entire procedure
  • Complimentary Full-Mouth Dental Radiographs
  • Sub Gingival Teeth Cleaning and Polishing
  • Nail Trim
  • Home Care Consult

Does my pet need dental x-rays(This does NOT include the cost for a pre-anesthetic blood work that is required for pets older than 7 years of age or for oral surgery).

What is home care?

Now that your pet's teeth are sparkling clean, taking care of their teeth at home can help them maintain a healthy smile. Brushing your pet's teeth on you own can seem intimidating but IPH offers a variety of resources to help you succeed. We provide training and information regarding: 

  • Sanos dental sealant applied at the time of cleaning
  • is my pet too old for a pet dental procedureTips on brushing your pet's teeth daily
  • Dental chews and treats
  • Water additive
  • Dental diets

Oral ATP – Assessment Treatment and Prevention

At Intermountain Pet Hospital we pride ourselves on our Dentistry Services. IPH has state of the art dental equipment and intraoral radiographs for an accurate evaluation of your pet’s oral cavity. As your pet’s healthcare team, it is our responsibility to help identify, treat, and prevent dental disease in your loved one. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to help prevent dental disease by implementing your own Dental Home Care Plan, including routine Oral ATP’s. Just like in people, preventing and treating periodontal disease can significantly add to the quality and longevity of your pet’s life. The Oral Assessment, Treatment and Prevention visit involves much more than just cleaning the plaque and tartar from a patient's teeth! Once your pet passes the pre-anesthetic examination and blood work (if needed) your pet will be anesthetized and the procedure will begin.

All Oral ATP’s Include:

ASSESSMENT:

  1. Intraoral Radiographs – Full Mouth Radiographs are performed on every dental patient every time without exception. Since pets can’t talk this is the only way to make an accurate diagnosis, treatment plan, and prognosis for each tooth. Forty percent of all dental disease lies below the gum line and would be missed without radiographs. We feel so strongly in the importance of this modality that we perform full-mouth radiographs at NO CHARGE on every patient.
  2. Oral Exam: Only when the patient has been anesthetized can we perform a complete oral examination and chart/record all findings.
TREATMENT:
  1. We perform full mouth ultrasonic cleaning/scaling then polish each tooth individually.
  2. 4. If your pet's oral status requires further treatment (oral surgery/extractions, periodontal pocket therapy, enamel restoration, endodontics, etc.) we will call you for discussion and planning. You will be advised regarding treatment options and costs. We will not perform any treatments without your permission. 

PREVENTION:

  1. Personalized Complimentary Dental Home Care Consult. With our help, we can help you choose what will work best for you and your pet. You can purchase a Dental Home Care Kit (you choose 3 different modalities to try for home care) $7.  
  2. Complimentary follow-up dental exam in 2 weeks. This is important if oral surgery was performed. 
  3. Annual dental exam performed by your veterinarian. If/when there is tartar on the gum line with gingivitis your veterinarian will recommend an Oral ATP. Some pets require and Oral ATP every 6 months and some every 3-5 years. It varies by age, home care, chewing habits, breed, etc).

A dental cleaning includes:

  1. IV Catheter and Fluids
  2. General Anesthesia with Dedicated Anesthetic Monitoring Nurse
  3. Complimentary Full-Mouth Dental Radiographs
  4. Full Dental Exam and Consult
  5. Subgingival Teeth Cleaning and Polishing
  6. Nail Trim
  7. Home Care Consult

Oral surgery estimate levels:

Level 1 ($315)

  • Oral Surgery time (1-10 min)
  • Additional Anesthetic and Patient Monitoring Time
  • Suture Material
  • Local Anesthesia 
  • Injectable Pain Medications  
  • Post Extraction Dental X-rays
  • Complimentary Post-op Exam

Level 2 ($545)

  • Oral Surgery Time (10-30 min)
  • Additional Anesthetic and Patient Monitoring Time
  • Suture Material
  • Local Anesthesia 
  • Injectable Pain Medications  
  • Post Extraction Dental X-rays
  • Complimentary Post-op Exam

Level 3 ($695)

  • Oral Surgery Time (30-60 min)
  • Additional Anesthetic and Patient Monitoring Time
  • Suture Material
  • Local Anesthesia 
  • Injectable Pain Medications  
  • Post Extraction Dental X-rays
  • Complimentary Post-op Exam

Level 4 ($960)

  • Oral Surgery Time (>60 min)
  • Additional Anesthetic and Patient Monitoring Time
  • Suture Material
  • Local Anesthesia 
  • Injectable Pain Medications  
  • Post Extraction Dental X-rays
  • Complimentary Post-op Exam

Oral Surgery estimates do NOT include the following items your doctor may recommend:

  • Antibiotics (injectable or dispensed)
  • Dispensed Pain Medications
  • Doxirobe Periodontal Pocket Packing
  • Consil Bone Graft
  • Enamel Restorations
  • Endodontics

Curious what it's really like to get your pet's teeth cleaned? 

For more information contact us, watch our YouTube "Dog Dental Home Care Options", or download our e-book "How's Your Pet's Dental Health".

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