There are many reasons that the doctor may feel that dental x-rays are needed, including:
- Missing or fractured teeth
- Bleeding from the gums
- A tooth that is discolored
- Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (FORL) are present (similar to a cavity)
- Periodontal disease is present
- Before a surgical extraction of a tooth
At Parktown Veterinary Clinic we use digital x-rays, the most advanced form of dental radiography. X-rays are taken during your pets dental cleaning and only takes a few seconds to appear on the computer screen. The doctors are able to fully evaluate your pet’s teeth and determine the right course of treatment. X-rays are recommended by the doctor when a suspicious tooth is noted on oral exam, however, full-mouth x-rays (as performed yearly by human dentists on our own mouths) are available at an owner’s request.