We are excited to announce that Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital is now performing digital dental radiography! Dental radiographs (X-Rays) are an important part of keeping our pets’ teeth healthy and treating common causes of dental disease in dogs and cats. Around three quarters of adult dogs and cats have some form of dental disease and more than half of the tooth lives below the gumline. Dental radiographs are one of the only ways we can evaluate parts of the mouth that aren't visible to the naked eye. Below are some images from actual patients we have seen since we started taking dental radiographs.
Case 1: “Lenny”, a four year-old schnauzer presented for his first dental cleaning. Survey (whole-mouth) radiographs were taken as a baseline for Lenny’s oral care. Luckily, no abnormalities were found! This is a normal radiograph of the upper left premolar teeth: