Higher practice standards in veterinary medicine dictate a higher level of oral care for our patients, and new and upcoming dental radiology has become an essential tool in the maintenance of our pet’s oral health. Most dental pathology lies underneath the gingival margin, and cannot be visualized. Without radiographs, you will miss most of the oral problems present in your pets, possibly leaving them in discomfort for years. By utilizing dental radiographs, it is now possible to provide good quality dental care without any compromise.
There are number of reasons to take dental radiographs. Anything out of the normal warrants a radiograph to make sure you are not missing a problem.
Common Indications for Dental Radiograph:
- Missing Teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Evaluating vitality of teeth
- Pockets over 3mm in dogs
- Pockets over 2mm in cats
- Oral enlargements/masses
- Draining tracts on the gums, maxilla or mandible
- Painful or sensitive teeth
- Nasal discharge
- Nose Bleeds
- Evaluation of prior treatment
- Evaluation of disease progression
- Pre- and Post-extraction
We recommend x-rays and dental cleaning at least once a year. Oral problems often start with bad breath, (halitosis), broken teeth, red and bleeding gums, eating problems and soreness. Your pet will benefit from oral charting and radiographs. These procedures will allow us to obtain a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. At Whittier Dog and Cat Hospital we have a complete digital radiograph system customized for dentistry, which allows us to diagnose properly and expedite our procedures. This, in turn, will shorten our patients’ anesthesia time by allowing us to work efficiently.