Dental x-rays are a really useful way of seeing damage done below the gumline. We all know that when you go to a dentist you have some x-rays taken, especially if there is a problem. Why should this be any different with our pets?
Here in Briarhill we have just gotten a dental x-ray machine to improve the dental care of all our patients!
By taken full-mouth x-rays we can more accurately diagnose some very common dental diseases such as:
– Feline resorptive lesions (painful erosions on the tooth surface)
– Tooth root abscesses
– Tumours involving the bones of the jaw
– Tooth impactions (teeth that are wedged in or can’t erupt normally)
– Tooth fractures
– Retained teeth (teeth that failed to erupt at the proper time)
All of these diseases cause pain for your pet and I’m sure everyone knows just how sore a toothache can be!!
When a pet comes to Briarhill for a dental they are always placed under full general anaesthetic as this is the safest way to perform the procedure. X-rays of their teeth can easily be taken during this anaesthetic before the actual dental commences. The x-rays are taken by placing a small plate in your pets mouth and then using an x-ray machine to take a series of shots. This way we can see all of your pets teeth before making any decisions!
By using dental x-rays we can plan the best treatment for your pet and also monitor your pets teeth health over their lives.
It is very safe, completely painless and non-invasive!