When your dog or cat has periodontal disease, much of the damage takes place below the gum line where neither you, nor your veterinarian at Rivertown Animal Hospital can see it. For this reason we use digital dental x-rays to determine your pet’s oral health. Digital x-rays are safer for your pet and allow our staff to see the bones, roots and internal anatomy of the teeth.
What to Expect When Your Pet Needs Dental X-Rays
Dental x-rays are taken in conjunction with a full oral exam and cleaning. General anesthesia is required to provide the complete assessment of your pet’s mouth, including teeth and bone structure.
Why Digital Dental X-Rays Are Superior
The risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower with digital x-rays than traditional x-ray equipment. It fact, exposure is nearly non- existent. Digital dental x-rays make it possible to see below the surface of your pet’s gum line to fully evaluate each tooth. This technology enables the veterinarian to see results immediately and project them onto a computer screen to review. At this point, we are able to assess and develop a treatment plan.
Contact Us to Learn More
We invite you to read this on-line brochure that describes the process used for dental procedures. You can contact our Stillwater, Minnesota office at 651-430-2229 for additional information or to schedule a dental exam for your pet. Bad breath, loose teeth, pain when eating, and increased drooling are just some of the signs that your pet needs a digital x-ray to determine the cause of these symptoms.
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