Dental Cleaning and Extraction

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Oral hygiene is a critical part of your pet’s overall health. Never underestimate just how important it is for your animal to have regular dental cleanings and proper dental care should the need arise. Learning more about this process will help ensure that you’re doing the most for your furry friends and their wellness.

What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning

You may be surprised to learn that the dental cleaning your pet will have is very much like your own. They will have their teeth scaled, polished, and a thorough evaluation of the teeth, gums, and mouth. However, the primary difference between pet dental cleaning and humans is that your pet will require anesthesia. After all, this process can be a little scary for an animal that isn’t used to someone looking in their mouth.

While anesthesia is intended to be the most comfortable solution for your pet, it doesn’t come without risk. Your veterinarian will take the time to do a thorough medical examination to make sure your animal is in the best health possible. Bloodwork will be done to ensure that your pet is in their best health. However, if the lab work comes back questionable, the veterinarian will make adjustments to ensure that the anesthesia levels are the safest possible.

During the cleaning, the veterinarian will be very thorough in examining existing teeth. In some situations, teeth are a loose, cracked, or periodontal disease is too advanced, and a tooth extraction is necessary. That leads us to the potential next phase of dental treatment.

Tooth Extractions

Sometimes, teeth are too far gone to save. In this situation, your veterinarian will suggest a tooth extraction. The condition of the tooth will determine how complicated the extraction will be. For instance, if the tooth is already loose, then it will likely be a very fast extraction. However, if the tooth is diseased, but still very much intact, it may require a more elaborate surgery. Your veterinarian will go over this plan following the initial cleaning. Together, you will come up with the best plan for your pet.

How You Can Help Your Pet

Dental cleanings are always a beneficial process for your pet’s health. However, you want to help your animal avoid tooth extractions or other serious dental procedures. You can do this by creating an oral hygiene routine at home, such as brushing your dog’s teeth and inspecting their mouth regularly for any early signs of disease.

Some things to watch out for:

  • Excessively bad breath

  • Broken or chipped teeth

  • Discolored teeth

  • Loose teeth

Keep in mind; some pets struggle with this process. You’ll want to take care to ensure that you and your pet are safe when you brush their teeth. Fortunately, there are many animal-friendly kinds of toothpaste that encourage our pets to open up wide!

Incorporating an oral hygiene routine at home not only helps identify issues but will get your pet used to someone examining their teeth. This can go a long way in making your animal feel more at ease at the veterinarian’s office.


Dental cleanings are critical when it comes to maintaining your pet’s health. While this process is certainly necessary, it may identify issues in which teeth need to be extracted. Doing so will give your pet the best opportunity to regain their oral health.

Please contact our office to schedule a dental cleaning for your pet. Our dedicated staff is committed to providing the best services possible and keeping your pet safe and comfortable from start to finish. Reach out to Pet Vet Roanoke in Roanoke, VA today to learn more (540) 904-2229.