With over half the teeth hidden from view dental X-rays are considered essential in human dentistry and now also in veterinary dentistry

Xrays allow us to see the internal structures of the teeth, the teeth roots and surrounding bone. Unfortunately disease below the gum line is common in pets and without xrays can remain an untreated source of discomfort. This means we can now make decisions without guess work and provide higher standards of care.

Equipment

With the development of high quality digital xray systems it is now practical for Veterinarians to take dental xrays of small pet teeth. It is eye opening to see what we have been missing in the past prior to the development of this wonderful technology.

We take the xrays with a veterinary specific xray machine, the Progeny VetPro DC (www.progenyvetimaging.com), imported from the States with built in exposures for perfect Xrays every time. The xrays are processed with a digital processor. Ours is the IM3 CR7 Vet (www.IM3vet.com.au) which has the best resolution available. Images are viewed and manipulated with software to reveal even the smallest issue.

Dental fractures

A very common finding in pets. Most often seen in the canine teeth of cats after a fight or a fall from a height. In dogs it is often a slab fracture of molar teeth from eating bones or other hard materials. Fractured teeth will develop root abscesses. Fractured teeth may have roots remaining unseen that can cause persistent disease.

Feline resorptive lesions

Cats often develop "holes" in their teeth above and below the gum line. The cause of this frustrating condition is still largely unknown. It is however painful and all affected teeth should be extracted. Though cats hide pain well the changes in behaviour and appetite we see after extractions speaks volumes for not ignoring these lesions. Because these lesions are often easily missed on an oral exam it is recommended to do full mouth xrays on cats having a dental procedure so these are not missed during this time.

Periodontal Disease

The most common condition of all is gum disease with gradual loss of attachment of the tooth root to the gum. This progressive condition is particularly common in small breed dogs. As the condition progresses bone around the root will also be lost. The degree of disease can not be assessed without dental probing under anaesthesia. Dental xrays assessing bone loss can help make the decision about the need for tooth extraction. Pets with extensive periodontal disease should have a full set of dental xrays.

Additional benefits

It is often valuable to xray after extractions have been required to ensure no tooth roots have been left behind. Due to improved positioning with the dental Xray machine and superior resolution it is also ideal for taking diagnostic images of the nasal cavity and oral fractures or masses.

PACS Server

Images we take of your pets teeth are permanently archived and made available for you to view with your Veterinarian on our high definition consultation room computer monitors.