To receive a dental cleaning, pets must be less than 10 years of age, weigh less than 100 pounds and have no pre-existing health conditions. Because anesthesia is used, our veterinary staff reserves the right to refuse service to any pet we feel is not a good candidate for a dental cleaning. Request an Appointment
Dental Cleaning Price
Stage 1 Dentals*: $100
Minor Tooth Extractions: $10
Major Tooth Extractions: $20
Maximum Extraction Fee: $60
*Includes ultrasonic cleaning, polishing, and fluoride treatment; additional charges may apply.
*A $20 deposit will be assessed per pet when scheduling an appointment. This deposit will be applied to services provided on the day of your pet’s appointment. This deposit is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation or reschedule.
*Prices are subject to change without notice. Payment is due at the time of services rendered and must be cash or credit only.
TCAP recommends pre-surgical intraoral radiographs (dental x-rays) to check for pre-existing pathology. TCAP does not perform intraoral radiographs. Your pet will be referred to a veterinary dental specialist when appropriate. TCAP considers a dental specialist as an extension of the primary care veterinary team in providing oral health care. While TCAP does not extract teeth that are not loose and easily removed, if a jaw fracture occurs during extractions your pet will be referred to a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist. Due to special diagnostic and anesthetic needs, TCAP does not perform surgery or dental cleanings on English Bulldogs or Olde English Bulldogs.
The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) is a nonprofit organization that supplies low cost services to those qualified for assistance programs. TCAP provides services to those who are indigent and lack sufficient means to provide medical care for their pets. TCAP is able to provide subsidized savings at our clinics thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors. This savings allows our clients to care for their pets using low-cost co-pays. TCAP recommends that ongoing health care be provided by a full-service veterinary clinic.
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About Dental Cleaning:
Proper dental care can add three to five years to your pet’s life. By the age of three, some 80% of all dogs and 70% of all cats show signs of dental disease, which can lead to the more serious problems of heart, lung, and kidney disease. The sooner you have it treated by your veterinarian (and learn to care for it yourself), the sooner your pet can stay on the road to health as well as smell good!
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue by bacteria. Plaque and tartar form naturally when food remains in the cracks of the teeth, especially at the gum line. Canned food sticks easier, so it is more likely to cause plaque. At this stage the plaque is still soft, and brushing or chewing hard food and toys can remove it. If it is left to spread, plaque can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, causing them to become red and swollen and painful.
Plaque soon hardens into tartar that separates the tooth from the gum. If the plaque and tartar build up continue, an infection can form at the root of the tooth. This is the most advanced stage, showing up as loose teeth, bleeding gums and pain anytime your pet tries to eat.
Periodontal disease can be prevented and treated. The keys to your pet’s oral health are professional veterinary dental care and good care at home.
The Stages of Oral Disease
The 5 Steps used to clean your pet’s teeth
Supragingival cleaning: The area above the gumline is cleaned using an ultrasonic scaler—very similar to the tools used by a dentist. The ultrasonic scaler increases the speed that the cleaning can be done, decreasing anesthetic time. The ultrasonic cleaning removes tartar and build-up from your pet’s teeth above and below the gumline.
Subgingival cleaning: Cleaning the area under the gumline is one of the most important steps. The subgingival plaque and calculus is what causes periodontal disease which is very common. Cleaning the tooth surface will make the teeth look nice, but in reality has done little medically for the patient.
Polishing: The previous steps cause microscopic roughening of the tooth surface. This increases the retentive ability of the tooth for plaque and calculus, causing it to build up faster and increase the progression of periodontal disease. Polishing will smooth the surface and decrease the adhesive ability of plaque.
(Subgingival/Sulcal) Lavage: The scaling and polishing of the teeth can cause debris to become trapped in the gums. This will cause inflammation, as well as increase the chance of future periodontal disease. For this reason we gently flush the gingiva with an antibacterial solution, or if periodontal disease is present, we use saline solution.
Fluoride treatment: Fluoride is applied to the teeth to aid in keeping the teeth healthy. Since animals don’t usually get their teeth brushed, the fluoride hardens the teeth and decreases sensitivity.