Dental radiographs, also called dental x-rays, are images that allow our veterinarian to examine the internal anatomy of your pet’s teeth, roots, surrounding bone structure, and jaw. This allows us to detect and diagnose oral health problems that cannot be seen with the naked eye, but will likely cause your pet pain and discomfort.
When Are Dental Radiographs Needed?
Our veterinarian might require dental radiographs to diagnose the underlying cause of oral discomfort in your pet or to further examine a pet that has been displaying signs and symptoms of an oral problem, such as:
- Swelling in the mouth or face
- Missing teeth or loose teeth
- Difficulty eating or drinking
- Excessive drooling or swallowing
- Rubbing or pawing at the face
We also sometimes recommend dental x-rays during a regular dental cleaning and exam. These types of x-rays help our veterinarian establish a baseline of your pet’s oral health to help prevent the development of future problems. They also enable us detect and diagnose existing oral health concerns before they become serious enough to cause your pet significant discomfort or pain.
What to Expect During a Dental Radiology Appointment
Although digital dental radiographs are taken with quick exposures, cats and dogs must be very still during an x-ray imaging appointment in order to ensure clear, accurate images. For this reason, many dental radiology appointments will take place under sedation. To ensure safety, we perform a complete physical examination prior to sedating any pet.
Dental Radiology at Compassion Animal Hospital
At Compassion Animal Hospital, we use the best available diagnosis and treatment technology. State-of-the-art digital dental radiology allows us to safely capture detailed images of your pet’s internal oral structures without waiting for old-fashioned x-ray film to develop and without exposing your pet to excessive amounts of radiation.
With digital radiology, our veterinarian can make a quick diagnosis and deliver a speedy, personalized treatment plan aimed to both ease your pet’s uncomfortable symptoms and address underlying health problems. To learn more about dental radiology and or to ask a question about your pet’s digital x-rays, contact Compassion Animal Hospital today.