Recently we changed the name of these procedures from dental cleanings, “dentals” or “dental prophylaxis” to CORE, as it is more representative of the complicated work that goes into a “dental”.
CORE stands for Comprehensive Oral and Radiographic Examination.
During a CORE, we examine your pet’s mouth for any tooth fractures, ulcers, oral masses, inflammation, swelling or other abnormalities. We use an ultrasonic scaler to clean the calculus from the teeth, then measure the gumline for any hidden pockets. Pockets occur where the bone has receded away from the tooth due to the accumulation of bacteria. We perform full mouth radiographs (x-rays) in order to examine the integrity of each tooth, and confirm the overall health of the tooth, above as well as below the gumline. We can then make an educated decision on whether any tooth needs to be extracted. Finally, we polish the teeth to keep the surface of the tooth smooth, so calculus cannot form as easily. A routine CORE for a dog usually takes 40 minutes to 1 hour. With extractions the procedure can take up to 3 hours or more, depending on how many teeth are extracted.
We also celebrate National dental month in February: receive 10% off dental services.