Vernon Hills Animal Hospital

1260 South Butterfield
Mundelein, IL 60060

(847)367-4070

www.vhah.com

General Dentistry

Vernon Hills Animal Hospital serving Lake County including Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Hawthorn Woods,  and Long Grove.

We're BIG on dentistry here at Vernon Hills Animal Hospital. That's because dental disease affects and lowers the quality of life of more pets than any other disease. Swollen gums and infected teeth cause your dog or cat's immune system to work overtime to fight off the germs that are common in periodontal disease. It's not unusual for an owner to tell us that after their pet's teeth were cleaned, they "acted like a puppy (or kitten) again".

The veterinarian begins the procedure with a thorough oral examination. After this, the veterinary technician removes the tartar using both hand scaling and an ultrasonic cleaner just like the one your human dental technician uses. The gingival pockets (the space between each tooth and the surrounding gum tissue) are then probed, to see if there are any deep pockets. These pockets are scraped using a tiny curette, and then flushed. Deep pockets may be filled with an antibiotic gel to help them heal. Finally, the teeth are polished using a high speed polisher.

You can see that dental patients need to be lightly anesthetized for this procedure. We use the safest anesthetic available, a gas called Sevoflurane. Even very old patients tolerate this procedure quite well. We do recommend a pre-op blood panel to evaluate each patient's health. Your pet can go home the same day, and is alert and ready to greet you when you pick him or her up!

Vernon Hills Animal Hospital serving Lake County including Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Hawthorn Woods,  and Long Grove.


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