Oral and Dental Exams
The Oral Exam or Dental Exam at Green Dog Veterinary Center is a pivotal initial step in assessing the dental health of your pet and determining the most suitable dental procedure. During this exam, the veterinarian conducts a comprehensive examination while your pet is conscious, ensuring a thorough evaluation of the oral, facial, and possibly skull structures. The main components of this examination include the evaluation of occlusion (how the teeth align), and a meticulous examination of both soft and hard oral and facial tissues.
The examination aims to identify any dental issues such as plaque accumulation, tartar buildup, gum diseases, or any other oral health concerns that could potentially lead to pain, infection, or other health problems if left unaddressed. A thorough examination of your dog's teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral structures is performed to assess their integrity and health.
Every dog should have a thorough oral examination by a veterinarian to assess the condition of the teeth and to grade the plaque or damage present. This examination can often be performed while the dog is awake, and based on the findings, the veterinarian will be able to determine the type of dental care your dog needs going forward. In some cases, full mouth radiographs (x-rays) may also be obtained to provide a more detailed evaluation of your dog's dental health.
What does the Oral Exam entail?
The Oral Exam involves a comprehensive examination of your dog's oral, facial structures, and possibly skull to evaluate the dental health and identify any existing or potential dental issues.
Is anesthesia required for the Oral Exam?
Typically, anesthesia is not required as the examination is performed while your dog is conscious. However, the exact approach may vary based on the veterinary center's practices and your dog's comfort level.
How long does the Oral Exam take?
The duration may vary based on the thoroughness of the examination and the cooperation of your dog. It's best to consult with the veterinary center for a more accurate time estimate.
What if dental issues are found during the Oral Exam?
If dental issues are identified, the veterinarian will discuss the findings with you and recommend the appropriate dental procedure or treatment plan to address these issues.
How often should my dog have an Oral Exam?
Regular oral examinations are crucial for maintaining your dog's dental health. It's advisable to have your dog's oral health evaluated at least once a year or as recommended by your veterinarian.