Why Full Mouth Radiographs Are A Necessary Part of the Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment
- Posted on: Feb 29 2020
A complete examination of both the bone and soft tissue in your pet’s mouth is very important to maintaining good oral health. Bad breath, increased drooling, or bleeding from the mouth are symptoms that need to be addressed by a veterinarian. During this exam, we will speak with you about your pet’s health, any past treatments or problems, as well as preform a full physical assessment. Dental images (often called x-rays or radiographs) are a very important part of the comprehensive oral health assessment and help to determine diagnosis and treatment.
The Importance of Full Mouth Radiographs
As your pet is not able to tell us about any pain they may have in their mouths, it is important to evaluate using radiographs. Radiographs are completed while the patient is under anesthesia. This allows for a sensor to be placed in the mouth so that images can be obtained. Radiographs enable our doctors to visualize the tooth below the gum line, where many diseases start. This will ensure a more accurate diagnosis for your cat or dog. Both cats and dogs can experience tooth resorption, a condition in which the body breaks down and begins to erode the dentin in your pet’s teeth. The best way for this to be diagnosed is through radiographic imaging.
The full mouth radiographs taken as part of a comprehensive oral exam also help us determine if your pet has any problems with broken teeth, impacted roots, or other disorders which can lead to infection and pain. Radiographs can also help our veterinarians to diagnose abscesses and extensive damage to the teeth.
Heart of Brooklyn Veterinary Hospital Can Help
Just like you would make your own appointment for the dentist with any pain in your mouth, it is important to reach out to a veterinarian with any concerns you have about your pet. Dental care begins with a thorough oral exam, an essential part of which are dental radiographs. If you notice any changes in your pet’s eating habits, an increase in drooling, or worsening breath come in to see us. Addressing dental disease will improve your pet’s overall health and quality of life, leading to happier and healthier years to come.