During your pet’s routine wellness exam, we always take a peek inside their mouth. Among other items, we’re looking for evidence of dental disease, such as inflammation, bleeding gums, and tartar accumulation. However, it’s precisely what we cannot see during a wellness check that can cause concern. 

That’s where dental x-rays come in. Since more than half of every tooth is concealed by gum tissue, we simply can’t know the extent of possible disease or injury. To truly understand and support pet dental health, x-rays are indispensable.

Below the Surface

We can learn a great deal from an oral examination while a pet is anesthetized. If any additional dental work needs to be done, we can get to it while the pet is safely under anesthesia.

The associated benefits are far-reaching. However, quite possibly the most important component of pet dental health includes digital radiographs.

Easy & Quick

Taking images of a pet’s teeth gives us enormous insight into what’s really going on in there. While dental disease can be prevented by routine professional cleanings and examinations, we cannot know the whole picture without x-rays.

This and More

Dental x-rays allow us to assess the health of every single tooth. We can look for any broken teeth, problems in the roots, bone condition, and possibly infection that’s occurring beneath the gum line. 

In order for us to establish a plan of treatment for pet dental care, we must be able to make a precise diagnosis of the quality of the teeth and gums. Perhaps most importantly, x-rays generate a baseline of health for a pet’s future.

Not So Grim

We understand the challenges associated with pet dental care at home. That’s why we suggest annual cleanings and exams under anesthesia. Taking images of your pet’s teeth at each visit may save teeth down the road, and a great deal of pain and expense as well.

A Bit About Anesthesia

We understand that many pet owners fear dangerous side effects of dental procedures under anesthesia, and we take every precaution seriously. Pre-anesthesia blood work is a necessary safety component before any surgical procedure. Close monitoring of their condition during a dental cleaning or complete dental exam is our priority.

Anesthesia is not only important for a pet’s safety and comfort, but allows for the most thorough procedure to take place.

Fast & Clear

While a pet is under anesthesia, we have the opportunity to take quick, clear pictures of their teeth, roots, and bones in and around the mouth. Broken bones, roots, teeth, tumors, cysts, tooth resorption, unerupted teeth, foreign objects, and other conditions couldn’t be readily observed otherwise.

Periodontal disease can be assessed and diagnosed (stage 1-4), and proper treatment plans developed. 

Low Exposure

Understandably, pet owners might worry about their pet’s exposure to radiation through radiographs. However, x-rays for pet dental health are designed to limit radiation. In fact, they are used to improve a pet’s quality and quantity of life!

The Best in Pet Dental Health

Without x-rays, optimal pet dental health cannot be achieved. Routine exams, cleanings and regular brushing at home can all maximize overall strength.

Please let our team know if you have any questions or concerns. We’re always here for you at Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice.