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Dental Care

Not ALL dental cleanings are the same!

Dental care is undoubtedly one of the most important preventative health measures we can provide for our pets. Poor oral health has been linked to cardiac disease, kidney disease, chronic undiagnosed pain and pain related behavioral issues, among others. It is vital to select the appropriate veterinary facility to provide exemplary dental services for your pet.

At New Canaan Veterinary Hospital we offer:

  • Full anesthesia with intervenous catheterization and fluid therapy
  • Complete cleaning of teeth, gingiva and the gum line, where most oral pathology occurs
  • Painless surgical therapies through the use of individually tailored preanesthetic pain medications, intraoperative local nerve blocks, and post anesthetic oral medications
  • State of the art anesthetic monitoring, including electrocardiography, pulse oximetry, blood pressure monitoring and capnography
  • Full digital oral radiographs, which enable us to diagnose and treat a myriad of oral health problems that cannot be seen with the naked eye
  • The capability to perform periodontal treatments, surgical extractions, various oral surgeries, restorative dentistry, and endodontics (root canals) all during the same anesthetic procedure

It is a common misconception that the dental care and treatment offered at one veterinary facility is the same as that offered by another. Our facility provides a complete oral health assessment to every pet. Dr. Potenza also has the advanced training to perform complex dental procedures at the moment, rather than ignoring conditions or recovering the patient from anesthesia and later referring to a specialist. At the other extreme of care lies those facilities who offer "anesthesia free" dental cleanings. These procedures, while less expensive, are exceedingly stressful for the pet when instruments are placed in the mouth and physical restraint is used. It is also impossible to fully evaluate all the teeth and oral tissues above and below the gum line, where a large percentage of oral health issues occur.

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