We are excited to now offer digital dental radiographs for dogs and cats, which allow for the highest quality x-ray images, to assess your pet's teeth and oral hygiene.
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, the use of digital x-ray equipment significantly reduces your pet's exposure to increased levels of radiation by one third, making it safer for your pet.
The use of digital x-ray equipment also allows for the enlarging of the image, increasing and decreasing image contrast, and the ability to store, print, and email digital files, making it easier for our staff to share your pet's dental images with you or a referring specialist.
At Westminster Veterinary Hospital, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing will help with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our dog's and cat's teeth are under the gingiva (gums), and are not visible.
Dental radiographs allow assessment of the teeth (fractures or internal disease), the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors), the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis) and the bone (jaw fractures). Dental radiographs can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.
If we don't look with x-rays, we most likely will not find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental radiographs, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.
We always diagnose first, plan the best treatment and perform the necessary treatment diligently. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allow for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.
We are excited for this new addition and how it will improve our dental services for your pets!
Call us at (410) 848-3363 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a dental cleaning or procedure for your pet.