Dental radiography is a painless and safe way to obtain images of your pet’s mouth, teeth, and jaw bones. During a routine dental exam, your veterinarian may recommend digital dental x-rays to assess the health of your pet’s teeth and gums. Digital dental x-rays can also expose bone tumors, tooth impactions and fractures, and painful lesions or erosions on the surface of your pet’s teeth that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Other diseases and critical health issues digital dental x-rays can reveal:
- Periodontal Disease
- Broken and Discolored Teeth
- Suborbital Swellings
- Nasal Cavity Disease
- Dentigerous Cysts
- Retained Teeth
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, the use of digital x-ray equipment significantly reduces your pet’s exposure to increased levels of radiation by a third of the amount, making it safer for your pet as well as the staff involved. In addition to its increased health benefits, the use of digital x-ray equipment allows for the enlarging of the image, increasing and decreasing image contrast, and the ability to store, print, and email digital files, making it easier for our staff to share your pet’s dental images with you or a referring specialist.
Although only taking a few minutes to complete, sedation or anesthetization is required during a dental radiograph to ensure your pet maintains the proper position for each x-ray. Speak with your veterinarian regarding other preventative care treatments your pet can undergo while sedated.
Digital dental radiography is an important tool in assessing the health of your pet’s mouth. Early detection is the key to maintaining the overall health and well-being of your pet companion. Make digital dental radiography an important part of your pet’s healthcare routine!