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Oral care is important for maintaining your pet’s overall health. Many pets suffer from dental issues resulting from rotting teeth and plaque build up. Dental radiographs are used by veterinarians to ensure bone structure and teeth are healthy in your pet.

What do Dental X-Rays Expose?

Your vet will use dental radiographs to look for problems in the mouth, such as oral tumors, jaw fractures, tooth root abscesses, periodontal disease and more. Radiographs are important for diagnosing and treating these problems that can lead to serious health issues for your pet.

Periodontal Disease – Many pets suffer from this disease from lapsed oral care and increased plaque build up by the age of 4. This can cause very bad breath in the pet, along with swelling, inflammation, bleeding gums, exposed tooth roots from gum recession, mouth ulcers, bone loss and missing teeth.

Broken Teeth – It is important to examine damaged teeth to see if any root tips are damaged.

Missing Teeth – Missing teeth may be below the gingival and an x-ray can help your dentist know how to proceed.

Root Examinations – After a tooth extraction, it is important to make sure that all roots and root tips are gone to prevent infection.

Discolored Teeth – Discoloration shows the nerve has died and a dental radiograph will show the pulp chamber to look for signs of root tip infection.

Oral Tumors – Tumors can be discovered and checked for bone involvement.

Suborbital Swellings – Swelling below the eye could point to cystic teeth or infection and an x-ray will determine if this is the case.

When Would My Pet Need a Dental Radiograph?

During a dental exam, your pet will get an x-ray to look and see if any care is needed. Damaged teeth may need to be extracted and a dental x-ray will show which teeth are truly damaged with a view below the gum line. If your pet is exhibiting strange symptoms, like only eating on one side of the mouth, refusing food or avoiding hot or cold foods and drinks, then your vet may want to get a dental x-ray to get a better picture of what’s really wrong. If your pet has unusual swelling, especially in the face, we can use dental x-rays to make sure there isn’t an underlying issue.

If your pet does need oral surgery or tooth extractions, a radiograph will be used before and after the procedure to make sure everything is completely taken care of. If bits of root are left or a damaged tooth is not extracted, the oral procedure could lead to problematic issues for your pet.

Getting a Dental X-Ray From Your Veterinarian in Winnipeg

Visit your veterinarian in Winnipeg if you believe your pet has any oral problems. The sooner you can act on your suspicions, the sooner your pet will be able to get back to feeling normal. Dental issues can be hard to spot and cause fatal problems if left unattended.