Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health
At North Austin Animal Hospital, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.
Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of the:
- teeth (fractures or internal disease)
- soft tissues surrounding the teeth (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors)
- joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis)
- bone (jaw fractures)
Digital x-rays can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.
X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.
We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.