Your dog or cat may need dental radiographs for several reasons, including:
- In preparation for a regular dental cleaning
- Broken teeth
- Oral growths
- Bad breath
- Excessive salivating
- Trauma or injury
Why Does My Dog Need a Dental X-Ray?
It is important for dogs to have a dental X-ray if there are missing, discolored, or broken teeth, swollen gums, unusual growths, or even just bad breath. Even without any of these signs, dogs should have somewhat regular dental X-rays to ensure their mouths are healthy, just like we have regular X-rays at the dentist.
Does My Pet Need to Be Sedated for a Dental X-Ray?
Yes. Unlike humans, dogs typically need anesthesia to receive a dental X-ray. Anesthesia is considered to be safe and will only be used after a general examination. Your pet will be monitored closely during the dental exam. We may recommend pre-anesthetic blood tests to ensure good kidney and liver function before administering anesthesia.
How Fast Do We Get Results?
Our dental X-rays are ready for viewing almost immediately. Our vet will study them and provide your results as quickly as possible.
Will My Pet Be in Pain From a Dental X-Ray?
Your pet will be comfortably asleep and will not feel any discomfort at all during a dental X-ray. We will keep a close eye on your furry family member during the whole procedure to make sure he is safe!