Dental Radiography

By August 15, 2017

Radiographs (x-rays) are a key component between a complete dental prophylaxis and just “cleaning the teeth”. Cleaning and observing abnormalities above the gum line ignores 60% of the tooth. This procedure is painless, safe, and noninvasive. Radiographs allow the veterinarian to evaluate beneath the gums and identify problems not visible above the gum line, including:

  • Tooth impactions (teeth that cannot erupt normally)
  • Tooth root abscesses
  • Bone loss around the root
  • Pockets (spaces between the gum and tooth root)
  • Tumors involving the jaw
  • Retained teeth
  • Tooth fractures
  • Feline resorptive lesions (painful erosions on the surface of the tooth)