Safe Dental Anaesthesia

Many of the pets undergoing a dental procedure are aged and may have severe mouth infections.

To prevent complications we strongly advise these patients have pre-anaesthetic blood work. Each patient also receives a thorough physical examination and then receives an anaesthetic protocol to fit their individual needs. Pre-anaesthetic medications are given to provide sedation and pain relief. Each patient has an intravenous catheter placed and is maintained on gas anaesthetic. Intravenous fluids are administered during the procedure. Blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, respiration and temperature are all monitored throughout anaesthesia. Your pet’s body temperature is maintained by a warmed water bed mat, and during anaesthetic recovery all patients are closely monitored and pain medication is given to make recovery more comfortable.



How Dentistry works

At Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic we offer routine teeth cleaning and polishing as well as the more advanced dental procedures.

Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult cats and dogs and is entirely preventable. By 3 years of age most cats and dogs have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is often a “silent” disease going unnoticed by pet owners because pets often don’t show signs of pain and continue to eat. Often the first sign detected by owners is severe halitosis. If caught early, before periodontal disease develops, dental disease is treatable. If ignored it can result in loss of teeth as well as have other harmful effects on your pet’s health. We offer a special discounted price for treatment of early stage dental disease. Enquire at reception about our Grade 1 prophylactic dental cleanings.

Advanced treatments


Treatment of fractured teeth, pulpitis, pulp exposure, root canal, crown reductions and tooth abscesses.


Treatment of periodontal disease, tooth scaling and polishing, root planning, mucogingival surgery and guided tissue and bone regeneration.


Correction of common malocclusions, orthodontic appliances, bite evaluations and genetic counselling.


Cast metal crowns, fillings, esthetic bonding, bridges and tooth implants.

Dental Radiology

Permanent tooth assessment for puppies, dental disease, oral tumours, fractures and TMJ evaluation.

Oral Surgery

Difficult extractions, jaw fractures, palate defects, oronasal fistulas, oral tumours and dislocated teeth.

Oral manifestations of systemic disease

Gingivostomatitis, feline resorptive lesions and oral autoimmune disorders.

Dr Russell Tucker is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dentists

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