Dental X-Rays

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.

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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.

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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.