Dental x-rays - what's below the gumline?

By: Nina Smith

Pets can't tell us when their mouths are sore and most never show signs of toothache.

Veterinary examination is a great start in assessing dental health, but only dental x-ray can show what’s happening below the gumline.

Pet x-rays are similar to human x-rays except your pet needs to be anaesthetised as they don’t like to say ‘aah’!

Small amounts of radiation are used to ‘see’ the inside of your pets’ teeth and the areas below the gumline.

Teeth are like icebergs – two thirds of the tooth is actually out of view.

X-rays allow examination of the tooth roots, the surrounding bone and the internal structure of the tooth. X-rays are used to assess chipped, broken and discoloured teeth, oral swellings and missing teeth.

Studies have shown that 27 per cent of dogs and 41 per cent of cats that appeared normal on oral examination had dental disease requiring action that was only discovered with dental x-rays. They are used to determine the type of treatment a diseased tooth requires and whether it needs to be removed.

In addition, they aid in the extraction process.

If your pet hasn't had a dental recently, please give us a call. Maintaining the dental health of your pet is one of the best things that you can do to look after their general health and well-being, and most loving owners won’t be able to tell if dental intervention is required.

Give us a call on 0800 838 7267 to organise a dental assessment and establish if a scale and polish and x-rays would be beneficial for your pet.

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