Safe Digital Dental X-rays
Dental radiographs (“x-rays”) are a critical step in assessing dental health of your pet. We use digital dental radiographs which allow us to get images instantaneously. This limits the amount of time your pet is under anesthesia. Digital radiographs result in less radiation exposure to your pet than conventional x-rays. Digital dental radiographs are important because a significant portion of the tooth structure is underneath the gumline. In order to evaluate the roots and the surrounding bone, radiographs are necessary.
We use a system called ‘Sopro’ which allows us to enhance the images, magnify areas and compare multiple images side-by –side. Additionally, you will be provided with the images at the discharge appointment following your pet’s dental cleaning. The doctor will go over any pathology noted on these images and be able to provide you with the best treatment options.
Radiographs are important to take in all cats undergoing dental cleaning due to the high incidence of resorptive lesions which occur out of site, below the gumline. These are like cavities, although they form for different reasons and are painful. Radiographs help us assess the impact on the internal structure of the tooth as well as the surrounding bone. Small dogs (less than 20 lbs) have a higher likelihood of periodontal disease so radiographs should be taken along with their annual cleanings to best assess bone loss. Generally for any patient we will take x-rays of any fractured, discolored, missing, or extra teeth in order to gain more information about how to address the problem.
Our technicians are trained in how to efficiently take ‘x-ray’s’ of your pet’s mouth no matter what the size/shape. Digital enhancement and magnification of dental x-rays allows us to provide you the best care and options available to preserve your pet’s health and comfort via quality dentistry.
Painful, resorptive lesion in cat. Note: this would go undiagnosed without dental x-rays.
Horizontal bone loss of premolar tooth due to periodontal disease Note: this would go undiagnosed without dental x-rays.
Neoplasia (cancer) of the lower jaw bone. Note: this would go undiagnosed without dental x-rays.
Normal feline upper left arcade.
Crowding and focal vertical bone loss around tooth. Note: this would go undiagnosed without dental x-rays.