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Dental Radiograph

Dental Radiograph

Veterinary dentistry plays a vital role in the overall health for your pet.  Dental radiology is one of the most important diagnostic tools available to veterinarians when doing a dental procedure.  Most dental disease lies underneath the gum line and cannot be seen by the naked eye.  This tool can help us detect missing teeth, periodontal disease, disease of the underlying tissues, tooth resorptive lesions, overall bone health, fractured teeth, tooth vitality, draining tracts and the list goes on.  By catching these issues earlier, it allows us to assess painful lesions quicker, have a baseline for any changes or progression of dental disease for the next teeth cleaning and address dental disease more aggressively which will prolong your pet’s oral and overall health.   Below are two radiographs that were taken on a 5 year old dog last week.  The teeth looked overall healthy and stable during exam with small pockets present on the gum line.  After radiographs were taken, the best course of action was to extract the teeth.  There were areas of tooth root abscesses, if left untreated, could possibly result in pathologic fractures of the jaw.  This treatment was directed solely based on that fact that we did dental radiographs.  The patient is doing great now and we helped prevent what could have been a very painful outcome.  Right now Animal Medical Clinic of St Charles is offering a 20% discount on dental teeth cleaning procedure through the end of the year.


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