Your veterinarian and the GVH team will work hard to provide you with the best treatment plan for you and your pet!

Dental Treatment Plans:

  • Level 1 Dental Clean and Polish indicates that your pet’s mouth has been examined and found to only have minimal calculus (tartar) accumulation with little or no gingival reaction.  As such, we should be able to re-establish a good state of oral health with a routine cleaning and polish.
  • Level 2 Dental Clean and Polish indicates that your pet’s mouth has been examined and found to have mild to moderate (tartar) accumulation with minimal gingival reaction.  As such, we should be able to re-establish a good state of oral health with a intensive cleaning and polish.
  • Level 3 Dental Clean and Polish indicates that your pet has been examined and found to have moderate to severe calculus (tartar) accumulation with mild to moderate periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease is rarely cured.  However, treatment we are recommending is aimed at management of an ongoing disease process involving infection, pain, loss of tooth support and ultimately tooth loss.  Every attempt will be made to identify and remove infected tissue and non-vital teeth to aid in the healing process and return of a reasonably healthy oral environment.
  • Level 4 Dental Clean and Polish indicates that your pet has been examined and found to have severe calculus accumulation with moderate / severe periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease is rarely cured.  Treatments such as the one we are now recommending are aimed at management of an ongoing disease process involving infection, pain, loss of tooth support and ultimately tooth loss, in addition to secondary disease of the heart and other major organs.  Every attempt will be made to identify and remove infected tissue and non-vital teeth to aid in the healing process and return of a reasonable health oral environment.

In most instances, it is only possible to obtain a cursory oral examination when your pet is awake.  Once your pet’s teeth are free of surface calculus (tartar) and periodontal probing has been completed, a much more complete picture of the state of the pet’s mouth is obtained.  Changes to the treatment plan may be necessary once the procedure is underway.  It is very important when your pet is scheduled for a dental procedure someone authorized to make decisions about your pet’s health is available by phone.  The team will contact you during the procedure to update you on the treatment plan if major changes are necessary.

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