This form is intended to promote a clearer understanding of the process involved in cleaning your pet's teeth. Please be aware of the following facts:
- A thorough evaluation of your pet's mouth, teeth, and gums cannot be accomplished without the aid of a general anesthetic.
- Incidental findings such as tumors and abscessed tooth roots, periodontal (gum) disease, cracked teeth, or Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (a progressive, cavity-like disease in cats) are not uncommon.
- It is frequently necessary to change our treatment plan once the pet is anesthetized.
- Decisions about how to treat a particular problem are highly dependent on your dedication to follow-up care, potential costs involved, aesthetics, and relative anesthetic risk.
- Certain specialized procedures, such as crowns and root canals, are not provided here at Foothills, but are available through veterinarians that specialize in dentistry.
- These procedures are usually comparable or more expensive than the same procedures in people. We can refer you to a veterinary dental specialist for follow-up care if you choose.
- Certain disease processes are progressive and it is our intent to minimize pain. Therefore, we may elect to perform procedures that will avoid unnecessary pain in the future. For example, we may extract a tooth that is not yet loose, but has significant bone loss around it.
- The removal of some teeth may result in unavoidable consequences such as jaw fractures or an inability of the pet to keep its
tongue in the mouth.
In order to minimize the time that your pet spends under anesthesia, it is important that we know your desires before proceeding. This avoids delays involved with us trying to contact you to discuss your wishes, or worse yet, us being unable to contact you at a crucial decision-making point. In most cases, we make the decisions based upon our values as if we were treating our own pets, while following the American Animal Hospital Association's recommendations.
If you have any questions about the anticipated degree of dental/oral work anticipated on your pet, please feel free to ask the doctor for a written estimate of potential costs prior to proceeding.