Veterinary Dental Radiology

Veterinary dental radiology is a very useful tool in diagnosing disease in the pet's nasal/oral region. In cases of facial swelling or chronic nasal discharge, veterinary dental radiographs can be of great assistance in the diagnosis and treatment planning. 

In our practice, we use a digital sensor system which requires significantly less radiation than other forms of imaging. Standard radiographs require significantly more radiation than our systems and CAT scans require even more. Even dental radiographs with standard film require several times the radiation of digital sensor systems, like the ones used at Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery. Therefore, diagnostic imaging  using dental radiographs is the best way to limit the amount of radiation your pet receives.

In cases of facial swelling or chronic nasal discharge, dental radiographs can be of great assistance in the diagnosis and treatment planning. They can determine the location and degree of disease present. Dental radiographs are the best way to determine if the swelling or infection is due to a tooth, as well as which tooth is causing the problem.  This will allow for fast and complete resolution of the condition.

Dental radiographs are much more sensitive than standard “skull” x-rays which allows us to determine which tooth is causing the condition and allow for immediate resolution.  In addition, dental radiographs are much better able to separate the sides of the jaw, allowing us to correctly identify the problem tooth.  We often treat cases of non-healing fractures that were due to an infected tooth root which could not be seen on skull x-rays. In addition, it is not unusual for us to find retained and infected root tips, which are causing infection.  These are easily missed on skull x-rays and are not always seen even on CAT scans. 

If your pet has an oral/dental/nasal condition, dental radiographs are generally the most effective, inexpensive, and safest diagnostic technique. Having the images taken or at least reviewed by a board certified veterinary dentist will improve diagnostic yield. A review of your family veterinarian’s radiographs by a board certified dentist is available at www.vetdentalrad.com. If you have any concerns, ask your vet to have the images reviewed. 

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