How are dental X-rays taken in dogs?
Dental X-rays in dogs are similar to those taken in humans. An X-ray machine using small amounts of radiation, is used to see the inside of your dog’s teeth and those areas below the gum line that are hidden from view.
Unlike humans, dogs need to be under general anesthesia for dental X-rays. Anesthesia is considered to be a safe procedure and will be performed after a general examination and your dog is continuously monitored during the dental exam. We also perform preanesthetic blood tests to ensure that kidney and liver function are satisfactory prior to administering anesthetic.
Why is it important for my dog to have his teeth X-rayed?
Dogs simply cannot tell us when their teeth are diseased, and some dogs never show that they are in pain even though they are. In many cases, X-rays are the only way for your us to know your dog has a serious dental problem that can be treated, relieving discomfort. For example, teeth can appear normal, but X-ray can show severe bone loss due to painful periodontal disease. Once the problem is identified we can treat the problem, therefore relieving your dog’s discomfort.
Cleaning a dog’s teeth without X-rays often results in missed opportunities to improve the quality of life and health of your dog.