Dental x-rays help us see the hidden.
Examining a pet's mouth can be compared to a wrapped present. You may be able to guess what's inside by looking at the box, but until you open it, you'll never know what's within.
Dental x-rays allow your veterinarian to examine teeth, bone and the supporting structures below the gum line. X-rays often reveal hidden and painful conditions and for that reason, Abrams Forest Veterinary Clinic recommends dental x-rays for all of our dental procedures.
When is it time to take dental x-rays?
- Where periodontal disease is present anywhere in the mouth.
- When a tooth is moving.
- When gums bleed with or without probing.
- When a tooth is fractured (either enamel, dentin, or pulpal exposure).
- When a tooth is discolored.
- When teeth are missing without explanation.
- When a feline ondoclastic resorptive lesion (FORL) is noted.
- When oral or facial swelling is present.
A broken tooth is seen during a physical exam. A dental x-ray reveals a pocket of infection around the root causing pain and discomfort.