The build up of plaque and tartar on our pets' teeth is not only responsible for bad breath but contributes to infection in the mouth/jaw and early tooth loss. Worse still, the infection, can spread elsewhere in the body causing serious illness. Early prevention is key to good oral hygiene.
Our hospital has dedicated dental equipment for your pet's dental needs including an IM3 dental unit, pneumatic drill, ultrasonic scaler, dental surgery equipment and dental radiography.
Digital Dental Radiography
Dental x-rays are one of the most important diagnostic tools available to a veterinary dentist. They allow the internal anatomy of the teeth, the roots and the bone that surrounds the roots to be examined.
It is now part of the standard for veterinary dentistry, as intra-oral radiographs are necessary for accurate evaluation and diagnosis. In fact,
the AAHA Guidelines state that “If full mouth films are not taken, the client must be informed that they were not done.”, such is their importance.
Radiographs are made using small digital sensors placed inside the patient’s mouth, and provide superior quality for examination of individual teeth or sections of the jaws compared with standard-sized veterinary radiographs.
Because veterinary patients will not cooperate when a radiograph or sensor is placed in the mouth, taking dental radiographs requires that the patient is anesthetized or sedated.
The radiation risk to the patient from taking dental radiographs is minimal.
The Guidelines recommend that you radiograph the entire mouth, using either intraoral or digital radiographic systems. In one published report, intraoral radiographs revealed clinically important pathology in 27.8% of dogs and 41.7% of cats when no abnormal findings were noted on the initial examination. In patients with abnormal findings, radiography revealed additional pathology in 50% of dogs and 53.9% of cats.
The importance of radiographs is demonstrated in the following pictures. What looks like a small hole in the tooth can actually be a significant loss of tooth below the surface.