Our hospital offers digital dental radiographs (x-rays) as part of our dental care services. In the course of dental treatment, specially designed dental radiology equipment allows your veterinarian to view structures that lie below the gum line where the majority of dental disease occurs in cats. The location of tooth root infections, the extent of periodontal bone loss, the identification and extent of painful feline tooth resorptions (tooth defects that often result in exposure of the pulp canal and its nerves and vessels), and identification of bone cysts can be identified using dental x-rays. With this knowledge the best decisions can be made in the treatment of your pet.
Anesthesia is required for dental x-rays. A small x-ray film or dental x-ray sensor is placed in the mouth. A movable dental x-ray machine is adjusted to project x-rays through the tooth and jaw onto the plate. The image created can then be viewed to make a diagnosis. Treatment can then be carried out immediately or scheduled for a later date based on the decision reached by you and your pet's veterinarian. Full mouth dental radiographs are taken in all patients undergoing dental surgery.