WTVC performs full mouth digital dental x-rays for all pets to catch early disease, pain, and inflammation

WTVC takes digital dental x-rays for all our patients

It is common for us to take dental radiographs when our pets come in for teeth cleaning, just as it is for our dentist to take those images of our mouths. In pets, dental radiographs require general anesthesia to achieve the proper positioning. We use a fully digital x-ray imaging system which lowers the radiation your pet receives and shortens the time it takes to get a set of complete dental radiographs.

Many times, cats have underlying issues that we can only see on radiographs

Routine views are taken for baseline purposes in cats to detect resorptive lesions in chipped or fractured teeth, when deep gum pockets are discovered, and whenever a tooth is discolored indicating that it may have sustained a previous traumatic injury and is in the process of dying. By diagnosing these conditions early we may be able to save these teeth and treat others by extraction or root canal (if the tooth is a good candidate) before they cause pain or generalized infection.

Radiographs can help us catch disease early

One finding is an apical abscess, loss of bone secondary to bacterial gum disease and damage to pulp from trauma (ie. chewing hard objects including bones, chew toys and even ice just as in people).  Prevention and early detection using dental radiographs are key to dental health in pets.