Dental Cleaning Process

First we will do a thorough exam on your pet prior to anesthesia

We recommend, or sometimes, require bloodwork before anesthesia.

We do require an IV catheter to be placed.  This allows us to give IV fluids to keep the blood pressure from becoming low and to keep your pet from becoming dehydrated during surgery.  It also allows us to give life-saving medication in the event of an emergency.

If no problems are found from the exam and bloodwork, then your pet will go under anesthesia.

This is the dental machine that contains the instruments we will use to clean your pet's teeth.

The yellow buildup that you can see on the teeth is tartar and calculus, often one of the first and most visible signs of dental disease.

We then use an instrument called an ultrasonic scaler to clean the surface of the teeth.

Then we use an instrument to probe under the gumline to see if there are any pockets that may indicate a disease process affecting the tooth.

For any teeth that may need to be extracted, we have a dental x-ray machine to further assess the tooth. This image shows us positioning the dog for a dental x-ray.

Here is an image of a dental x-ray.

The last step is polishing the teeth and then rinsing the mouth.

Just look at the teeth now: Clean and White!

Our Location

Somerset Veterinary Hospital


1322 Berlin Plank Rd,
Somerset, PA 15501

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Office Hours

Somerset Veterinary Hospital


9:00 am - 7:30 pm


9:00 am - 5:00 pm


9:00 am - 7:30 pm


9:00 am - 5:30 pm


9:00 am - 5:30 pm