Veterinary dental radiology, or x-ray, is vital for diagnosis, treatment planning, follow-up evaluation, and legal medical record information for a pet's dental health. Without quality radiographs, the veterinary dentist would be treating pet patients while only guessing at the diagnosis and quality of treatment.
Intra-oral radiology, as the term states, is the placing of film or digital sensor, into the mouth of the dog or cat for radiography of a particular tooth or segment of a mandible or maxilla. It has the advantage of clarity and definition of the subject because of the absence of superimposition from the opposite arch which occurs with extra-oral radiography. Intra-oral radiography is an excellent technique for mandibular and maxillary diagnosis when teeth are involved.
Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Digital radiography requires less radiation to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography. Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device so the veterinary dentist has immediate access to the image as well as the ability to use digital measurements or adjust contrast, brightness or color.
At Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists, digital dental radiographs are a part of every procedure from professional veterinary dental cleanings to cases where the pet is being evaluated for a specific oral disease or injury. Just as in humans, dental health care involves more than the portion of the tooth above the gumline, there is a great deal of anatomy that can't be seen without veterinary dental radiographs which make them a vital part of every pet's care at our practice. In order to obtain dental x-rays, as well as perform a cleaning or other procedure, the pet must be put under anesthesia. Veterinary dental anesthesia is very safe.