Radiographs, commonly referred to as X-rays, are necessary to diagnose problems of the teeth, roots and surrounding bone. They help determine the amount of bone loss from periodontal disease and therefore the best treatment options. If your pet has an abscess from dental disease, radiographs will indicate which tooth is the source of the infection. Radiographs of fractured teeth will evaluate if the pulp cavity or root canal is exposed and therefore a source of pain. They are also an excellent way to evaluate the cause of a swelling in the mouth. Cats commonly have tooth resorption lesions and radiographs are necessary to assess the extent of involvement, which then determine the treatment.
Jaffrey-Rindge Veterinary Hospital has state-of-the-art digital dental radiology. Dr. Grier has completed multiple training courses with dental specialists. Your pet will need to be anesthetized to obtain dental radiographs.