Digital Dental radiography (x-ray) is a very important diagnostic tool used in our practice.
They allow the internal anatomy of the teeth, the roots and the bone that surrounds the roots to be examined.
Dental x-rays can help with identification of the following conditions:
Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions
Trauma, maxillary or mandibular fractures, fractured teeth
Preoperative, perioperative and post operative evaluations
Nasal cavity disease
Oral Masses or Tumors
Genetic dental abnormalities
Cavities and Root Resorption
Permanent tooth count in puppies
Retained Deciduous teeth
Intra-oral radiographs are made using a small digital sensor 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.
A veterinary Professional will make a recommendation regarding the dental x-rays needed by your pet. A diagnostic plan of few radiographs of specific teeth to radiographs of all the teeth (“full-mouth radiographs”), is based on the reason for presentation of the patient and the results of initial visual examination of the mouth. It is common for a patient referred for one specific problem to have additional oral problems – these may only become apparent from full-mouth radiographs. Full-mouth radiographs also establish a base-line for future comparison.
The radiation risk to the patient from taking digital dental radiographs is minimal. Hoffman Animal Hospital has a digital imaging system, which significantly reduces the radiation exposure for the patient and veterinary staff.