Dental x-rays are an important part of your pet’s dental health care. As the majority of the tooth lies under the gums, the only way to evaluate the root structure, the inside of the tooth and the supportive bone is to take x-rays. Dental x-rays allow for diagnosis of certain diseases, planning for the appropriate treatment as well as monitoring for treatment success. Without dental x-rays, important dental diseases can be missed.
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 x-rays available. X-rays are taken during your pets dental cleaning and immediately 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.