The consequences of anesthesia-free dental care

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The consequences of anesthesia-free dental care

Postby Misskiwi67 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:58 pm

If your dog doesn't get x-rays taken during dental care (with or without anesthesia) you are only getting half, or less, of the information needed to make proper treatment recommendations...

After full examination including dental radiographs, the problems were evident and resulted in extraction of 16 teeth that were not treatable, due to long-term infection that had gone undetected during the anesthesia-free cleaning procedures. These abscessed teeth were not loose, so a lay person merely scaling the teeth would have never known there was a problem. However, had this dog been taken in for a proper dental cleaning with safe anesthesia and dental x-rays, the areas of severe bone loss and infection could have been treated much earlier and possibly even prevented. In other words, these teeth could have been saved with proper care. ... ntal-care/

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Re: The consequences of anesthesia-free dental care

Postby PITtsburgher » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:11 pm

Yeah, I've seen vets do full anesthesia and still neglect to do radiographs. Not cool either way.

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