Digital Dental Radiology
Dental radiographs can help our veterinarians evaluate the health of tooth roots and identify a variety of problems that are not visible just by looking at your pet’s teeth, including:
- Tumors involving the bones of the jaw
- Tooth impactions (teeth that are wedged in or can’t erupt normally)
- Tooth fractures
- Tooth root abscesses
- Retained teeth (teeth that failed to erupt at the proper time)
- Feline resorptive lesions (painful erosion’s on the tooth surface)
Because sedation is required for obtaining dental X-rays, our veterinarians may recommend blood work and other preanesthetic testing before taking dental radiographs of your pet. Sedation is needed so that your pet can be properly positioned for the radiographs to be taken.
Benefits and Risks of Dental Radiography
Dental radiography has many benefits and very minimal risks. It is very safe, completely painless, and noninvasive.
The risks associated with dental radiography are minimal. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo radiography. In the vast majority of cases, the benefits of performing dental radiography far outweigh any possible risks. Dental radiography is a valuable tool for our veterinarians because it can provide important information about the health of your pet’s teeth and gums.
Contact our hospital for your veterinary imaging needs.