Digital Dental Radiography – Frequently Asked Questions

January 23, 2018

 

We’re excited to announce that we now offer digital dental radiographs and they are included in our Comprehensive Evaluation and Treatment. Read on for the answers to some of the frequently asked questions we receive about dental x-rays.

What are dental radiographs?

Dental radiographs are an invaluable tool in assessing the health and viability of your pet’s teeth. Intra-oral radiographs are made using small radiographic or digital sensors placed inside a patient’s mouth. They provide superior quality for examination of individual teeth or sections of the jaw compared with the standard-sized veterinary radiographs.

Why are dental radiographs important?

Dental radiographs allow the internal anatomy of teeth, the roots, and the bone that surrounds the roots to be examined. More than 50% of the tooth lies underneath the gums and cannot be visualized, which makes dental radiography are important diagnostic tool and integral part of our Comprehensive Dental Evaluations and Treatments. Most veterinary dentists believe full-mouth dental radiographs should be routine with every cleaning, allowing the unexposed abnormality to be revealed.

How much do dental radiographs cost?

Dental radiographs are included in the cost of our Comprehensive Dental Evaluation and Treatment. We believe dental radiographs meet the standard of care for your pet’s oral health and so we’ve included them in all of our dental procedures. The cost of a dental cleaning is dependent on many factors and is individual to each pet, so we recommend calling or coming in for an estimate and oral health evaluation. We will be offering 10% off during the month of February for National Pet Dental Health Month.

Are dental radiographs safe for my pet?

Yes. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, the radiation risk to the patient from taking dental radiographs is minimal. Big Lick Veterinary Services utilizes digital imaging systems whenever possible, which significantly reduces the radiation exposure for the patient and veterinary staff present.

In Conclusion…

Dental radiographs are an invaluable tool in assessing the health and viability of your pet’s teeth and they allow the internal anatomy of the teeth, the roots, and the bone that surrounds the roots to be examined. We’re excited to offer the highest standards in veterinary dental care by utilizing digital dental radiographs during our Comprehensive Dental Evaluations and Treatments.

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