Dental Radiographs – Are they important?
Oct 23, 2017
Dental disease is one of the most common conditions treated in dogs and cats. One study showed that up to 60% of cats and 70% of dogs have evidence of dental disease by the age of 2. Once dental disease is diagnosed, a dental treatment under anesthesia is recommended. Anesthetic dental treatment is the only effective method to fully diagnose and treat dental disease.
Dental radiographs (x-rays) are a vital part of the anesthetic dental treatment procedure. Radiographs are essential in assessing the roots that sit below the gum lines of our pet’s teeth. As 60% of the tooth sits below the gum line, there is no way to fully assess the health of any individual tooth without dental radiographs.
There are numerous cases in which the crown (the visible portion of the tooth) appears healthy but in reality there is significant disease below the gum line. As any dental disease has the potential to be painful and uncomfortable for our pets, dental x-rays are important to ensure no disease is missed.
At River Road Pet Clinic, each patient undergoing anesthetic dental treatment receives full mouth dental radiographs as well. This allows us to ensure that the extent of dental disease in your pet is fully diagnosed and appropriately treated.