Olde Teeth and Dental Care (Consolidated Thread)

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Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Wed Feb 21, '07 5:44am PST 
Dental care seems to be a topic of interest and concern to us Olde Furts. Let's use this Forum to share our experience and knowledge. It might help those of us who have to go through a cleaning or having a tooth removed.

I've never had any dental work done, but I probably need some. frown

Calvin ~- Knead On

Knead On ~
Purred: Wed Feb 21, '07 8:06am PST 
Since I just went yesterday, I'll tell you what happened to me!

You can't have anything to eat or drink after midnight the day before your cleaning.

Mawmee had to sign paperwork giving permission to pull any teeth that might need it once they got in my mouth and looked around.

The vet will take some blood. This is to make sure that you are healthy before they clean your teeth.

I was . . . . . so they did!

The anesthesia makes you very groggy and it lasts all day. I had my cleaning in the morning, Mawmee didn't pick me up until 5 p.m., and I was acting weird the whole night.

Now, by weird - this is what I mean. She first took me up to the litter box and I peed like I've never peed before. I probably held it the whole day. I stumbled a little coming out of the litter box.

Mawmee didn't want me going down the stairs by myself since I was wobbly, so she carried me. I couldn't find a place to settle down - I kept moving to new spots and just stood there staring.

My eyes were droopy looking and I had a dazed and confused look. This is just from the anesthesia, but it is scary for our Mawmees because it looks so weird. I also made tiny little tremor shakes with my head.

I did not want anything to eat or drink, but if I did, the vet said make it very small amounts because of the fear of throwing up.

I finally settled down on my dog sister's bed and slept there most of the night.

I looked and feel much better this morning. I ate a little wet food, but haven't tried the dry food yet. I'm thinking mygums might be a little sore from the teeth they pulled.

The vet gave me an antibiotic shot. No other medicine was needed at home.

The reason they pulled 2 teeth is because of pockets they discovered when they probe around the teeth. They also discovered I had a few teeth missing. They drew all of that on a diagram and gave to Mawmee, along with instructions for when I got home.

They also put a barrier sealant called Oravet on my teeth that helps protect against plaque and tarter. That will last a couple of weeks, and we could buy some if we wanted, but we passed on that for now.

They also said Greenies are really good at reducing plaque. I like Greenies, so I'll be eating those instead of that gel on my teeth.

My new vet is really good because they always give you paperwork when you leave that shows what they did - all the results of my blood work were on it.

It will be interesting to see what other cats pay for their dental cleaning.

My teeth were at a grade 1 which is tarter, but not to the gingavitis stage.

Since February is Dental Awareness Month, we got a 10% discount (big deal). The cost of my visit was $153.20 plus $34.30 to pull the 2 teeth - discount of $15.30 for a grand total of $172.20.

Here is what it included:

Ultrasonic Scaling and Polish
Pre-anesthetic physical exam
Anesthesia - Ketamine/Valium
Intubtion - Iso/Oxygen
Baseline organ function tests
ECG Monitor/Pulse Oximeter
Fluoride Treatment
Antibiotic Injection
OraVet Barrier Sealant
Extractions - Premolar

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Where's the- beef? ...or- chicken, or tuna
Purred: Wed Feb 21, '07 8:35am PST 
Thanks Calvin! That's great info. Dad has decided that I will get my teeth done tomorrow and then Anne will have hers done on Friday. Mom is very worried about Anne. She has had a terrible week. At least I know what to expect tomorrow!


Fiesta Cat - Sweet Angel

Party on!!
Purred: Wed Feb 21, '07 2:58pm PST 
Thank you, Calvin. That was very informative!!! My sister went two days ago, and she also got a 10% discount for dental awareness month! We eat Greenies, too! We just started after Mom read something about them on the forums. I've been blessed with healthy teeth. I only had to have two removed last time. Our vet doesn't do that thing where your parents have to sign about removing teeth. That is a good idea!!!

Alex Angel

Handsome is as- Handsome Does
Purred: Thu Feb 22, '07 11:48am PST 
I had a non-anesthesia dental (my mommy has no idea how he manages to do that, but there's a specialist who visits our vet monthly and he does!) last year. My sis, though, tore the guy a new one--who thought she had it in her--and she had to have the anesthesia kind of dental where she comes home and walks around like a drunkard, providing me with hours of entertainment!
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Baby (Dec.- 1987-Dec.- 2007)

Wingin' It
Purred: Thu Feb 22, '07 7:01pm PST 
Great info, Calvin. Thanks!
And thanks to Scooter for organizing these great threads. I;m too busy napping.cloud 9

Cookie (Olde- Dirty- Angelman)

I'm the O.G.,- mofo
Purred: Mon Feb 26, '07 9:46am PST 
My vet says I have really bad teeth. They were very healthy until I was about 17, then they kind of started going downhill. I'm otherwise very healthy, though I drink a lot of water. I have no dehydration or renal failure, though, and no diabetes, and my bloodwork looks excellent. Still, I believe Boomer about the link between gum disease and kidney issues in cats. It's more accepted by modern veterinary medicine today, of course. But I'm probably too old to get my teeth cleaned, since we don't want to risk me not coming out of the anaesthesia. That's the only scary part. You kind of just scared me, Calvin. BIscuit's toothless story was pretty encouraging, though. I haven't had any problems in almost a year anyway.

Also, I'm really picky about treats. Does anyone know of a good tartar/plaque control treats that isn't super crunchy, possibly one that tastes like tuna, chicken, or salmon? I was eating Feline Greenies, but now I don't like them. Mom thinks they're too crunchy for my olde teeth.

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Mommy says I am- Purrrrcious
Purred: Fri Jul 6, '07 5:55am PST 
I was like you and didn't get my teeth cleaned - I found out this week that I now have Stage 4 of periodontal disease. After blood work came back excellent I am scheduled for a cleaning and teeth extraction. My mouth is painful and infected. I may lose all my teeth. So I say don't way talk to you Vet today and see if there is anything they can do before it get too bad. I am scared and I hope everything goes well but I can't continue with a nasty mouth.

Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Fri Jul 6, '07 8:17am PST 
Taz, I followed your thread about dental work in the Catster Forums. http://www.catster.com/forums/thread.php?t=419172

I know there are many cats on Catster who've had all their teeth removed and get along just fine -- better than with a mouth full of bad teeth. Your mouth may be sore for a while, but I bet you'll feel much better after it's all over. You're strong and healthy otherwise, so you should come through it just fine, especially when we all start purring for you.

I see you're scheduled for the dental work on Monday July 16, Taz. I'll be sure to rev up my purrs and get the other Olde Furts to purr for you, too! Mom sends a big hug to your mommy, too, 'cause she knows how scared she is. hug

My mom's trying to learn about anesthesia. I'm scheduled to have an exam on Monday July 9, so Mom and Dad can decide whether I will have dental work. This vet doesn't like ketamine -- she feels isoflurane is the safest and that's what she uses -- but like everything else, it looks like each has its advantages and disadvantages. Mom doesn't understand these things very well. Does anyone know anything about anesthesia?

A vet first mentioned my needing dental work 2 years ago. I was very sick at the time and Mom didn't want to risk it. But now I'm two years older and my teeth are worse. cry

Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Tue Jul 10, '07 6:59am PST 
I had my exam yesterday. Considering the condition of my teeth and gums (which aren't that terrible, she said), my age and my kidneys, the vet felt it was best to leave things alone and not do any dental work.

So I'm ready to purr overtime for you, Taz.

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