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The Benefits Of Dental Xrays

Our pets simply cannot tell us when their teeth are sore or if they are in any pain. Dental x-rays in animals are similar to those taken in humans. An x-ray machine using small amounts of radiation is used to see the inside of your pet's teeth and those areas below the gum line that are hidden from view.

Unlike humans, our pets need to be under general anaesthesia. Without anaesthesia, the x-ray sensor cannot be accurately placed. They are also required to be still during the oral assessment, treatment and prevention procedures.

Early Detection of Dental Problems

Your pet may need an oral examination under anaesthesia when they are displaying these signs:

  • Discoloured or fractured teeth

  • Swollen and inflamed gums

  • Oral growths

  • Tartar

  • Bad breath

Revealing Hidden Dental Issues

Pets, like humans, can experience dental problems that aren't visible to the naked eye. Surface examinations by our veterinarians may not uncover issues lurking beneath the gum line or inside the teeth. By capturing detailed images of your pet's teeth and gums, x-rays can unveil hidden problems such as:

  • Tooth Resorption. This painful condition involves the gradual destruction of a tooth's structure from the inside, which is nearly impossible to spot without x-rays. Early detection allows for prompt treatment, preventing further discomfort.

  • Impacted Teeth. In some cases, adult teeth may not erupt correctly, leading to impactions that can damage neighbouring teeth or even the jawbone. Dental x-rays help identify these issues so that corrective measures can be taken.

  • Cysts or Tumours. Abnormal growths, cysts or tumours can develop within the jawbone or tooth roots. Detecting these early is critical for timely intervention and improved treatment outcomes.

Identifying Fractures and Root Infections

Pets (especially cats) can be masters at hiding pain, and dental fractures or root infections can be excruciating. However, the signs are often subtle or absent until the condition becomes severe. Dental X-rays are indispensable in identifying:

  • Fractured Teeth. Hairline fractures or tiny chips can evolve into more significant problems if left untreated. X-rays pinpoint these fractures, allowing for prompt restoration or extraction to alleviate pain and prevent complications.

  • Root Infections. Infections in the tooth root can cause intense pain and may even lead to abscesses. Dental x-rays reveal these infections early, enabling our vets to prescribe antibiotics or perform root canal treatments to save the tooth.

  • Bone Damage. Some dental issues can extend into the surrounding jawbone, causing structural damage. X-rays not only diagnose the issue but also provide a clear picture of its extent, guiding appropriate treatment.

Early detection through dental x-rays can make a world of difference in your pet's dental health. It not only alleviates pain and suffering but also minimises the need for extensive and costly treatments. Regular dental check-ups with x-rays as part of the process can help ensure your pet maintains a healthy and pain-free mouth.

Accurate Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Dental x-rays are not just about spotting problems; they are instrumental in achieving precise diagnoses and tailoring effective treatment strategies for your pet.

Every pet's dental health is unique, and what may work for one animal might not be suitable for another. Dental x-rays provide our vets with a detailed, inside look at your pet's oral cavity, ensuring that no issue goes unnoticed. This precision helps in:

  • Pinpointing the extent of dental disease.

  • Identifying multiple issues. Pets can suffer from a combination of dental issues, including periodontal disease, fractures and infections. X-rays allow our vets to see the big picture, enabling them to prioritise and address multiple problems in a single visit.

  • Planning for Specialised Procedures. Some dental conditions may require specialised procedures, such as root canals or orthodontic work. Dental x-rays assist in the planning of these procedures, ensuring they are carried out with precision and minimal discomfort to your pet.

Monitoring Dental Health Over Time

Dental x-rays also play a crucial role in ongoing dental health management by allowing our veterinarians to monitor your pet's dental condition over time.

Dental issues in pets can be dynamic, with some conditions progressing slowly while others may worsen rapidly. Dental x-rays serve as a reliable tool for tracking the progression of dental diseases, such as periodontal disease, tooth resorption and root infections.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Treatment

After undergoing dental procedures or treatments, it's essential to assess their effectiveness and make any necessary adjustments. Dental x-rays are invaluable in this regard:

  • Post-Treatment Assessment. X-rays taken after dental procedures can confirm that the intended changes, such as tooth extraction or restoration, were successfully carried out.

  • Identifying Recurrence. Some dental issues, such as infections or resorptive lesions may recur. X-rays help detect these recurrences early, allowing for prompt re-treatment.

  • Assessing Healing. For procedures involving extractions or root canals, x-rays can show the healing progress. This ensures that your pet is on the right track to a full recovery.

Dental health is an ongoing commitment, and dental x-rays are a valuable tool for ensuring that your pet's oral well-being is consistently maintained. Regular monitoring helps catch issues in their early stages, potentially reducing the need for extensive interventions and promoting a healthier, happier life for your beloved companion.

To book a FREE dental health check for your pet, please call our friendly nurses on (03) 9568 2211.


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